Neil Young Journeys, directed by Jonathan Demme, is great for any fans of the legendary rock singer. While I’m not a big fan, I am somewhat familiar with his catalogue and was delighted to recognize a few songs of his that he played. The film cuts between the concert of Neil Young and him giving a tour of his hometown with his brother. My only complaint would be that he seemed to play a lot of newer songs, but after reading more about the film it appears that this is the third concert film Demme has made with Young and I can assume he played more of his older stuff in the earlier ones and wanted to play some different songs this time around. Anyways, if you’re a fan of his I highly recommend the film. If not, I would still say to give it a shot if you’re in to these concert movies. Also I would like to recommend checking out Demme’s Talking Heads concert film Stop Making Sense. One of my favorite bands and one of the best concert films I’ve seen.
Neil Young Journeys opens today at the Ritz at the Bourse.
Author: Mark Crowell
Mark is a reviewer and intern for Cinedelphia and is a film student currently studying film and video in the directing program at the School of Visual Arts in NYC. He loves watching/writing/talking about film. Follow him on twitter: twitter.com/marklcrowell