'Neil Young Journeys': Pleasant trip to no place special
Let's get this out of the way upfront — "Neil Young Journeys" is pretty pointless. That's not the same as pretty awful. Far from it. It's a Neil Young concert film, and watching a performance by one of rock music's all-time greats is almost certainly more fulfilling than whatever you've got lined up for the next 90 minutes. (No offense.)
But, man, there have been lots of Neil Young concert films/documentaries over the years. "Journeys" doesn't even rank in the top five. Let that sink in for a second. Just recently there have been two superior ones (2006's poignant "Heart of Gold" and 2009's rollicking "Neil Young Trunk Show") that were directed by Jonathan Demme, who handles duties again this time. It was as if Demme and Young felt compelled to make another simply so they could call the set a trilogy. "Journeys" doesn't bring any sense of closure, which is not really a problem because Young's career remains a locomotive admirably chugging forward. But are we really at the point where every time he goes on tour it's deserving of big-screen treatment?
"Journeys" captures a fine 2011 concert at Toronto's Massey Hall, which was part of Young's solo tour in support of his fine 2010 album, "Le Noise." Neither the tour nor the album will rank among Young's career highlights or lowlights. (There have been plenty of both.) The unaccompanied performances are a unique way to watch Young, as he hacks his way through quaking solo electric guitar rumblers and sits down for gentler piano ballads in a set split evenly between recent material and greatest hits. Demme spends lots of time very close to his subject, sometimes uncomfortably so.
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