Film Revvy: NZIFF Presents ‘Neil Young Journeys’

This is PBJ, and I have things to say about Neil Young Journeys!

IMDB User Rating: 5.1/10

RottenTomatoes.com Rating: 94% Positive

PBJ’s Rating: 6/10 ♥’s

I went in thinking this was a documentary about rock legend Neil Young that would show me something I didn’t know. Turns out I should have done at least a little journalistic digging; this film is a concert episode. Young’s classics, everything from “Ohio” to “Leia”, are showcased at Toronto’s iconic Massey Hall in this very intimate and enamoring portrait.

Journeys seems very long at times, but the intimacy afforded by Jonathan Demme’s direction almost privileges audiences inside the mind of Young when he’s on stage.

Literally, the camera hones in so close that you can see the dental work on his molars in some shots. Scowling through each song, Young reveals just how connected he is with his music; one could describe the relationship with his musical instruments a very sensual one.

The concert is punctuated by interviews with Neil while ‘on the road’, taking us to sights of his Toronto childhood. Thoroughly enjoyable as an understood concert piece, Neil Young Journeys is as visually impressive as the music is winning.

There are two sessions left in the Auckland leg of the NZIFF that haven’t sold out yet, but be quick as these tickets won’t be available much longer!

Thanks for reading!

Images courtesy of: Bloorcinema.com and IMDb.com

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