Sixty-six years old and following a musical route of his own design, Neil Young has survived a
Director Jonathan Demme's
The other is how Young got there, literally: En route from Young's hometown of Omemee, Ontario, the singer-songwriter drove a '56 Crown Vic and along the way stopped at places he lived with his brother, Bob (also in the film).
We hear of Young's neighborhood friend from the old days, the exquisitely named Goof Whitney, who convinced Young to eat tar and insult random strangers. More importantly, in the intimate concert footage, we're treated to songs from several decades, including one of the new-ish ones, "Sign of Love" (2010), in which Young looks ahead to "when we both have silver hair/ And a little less time."
Demme remains one of our most innately musical contemporary directors, shooting and editing his footage in such a way as to complement the creative artist. He has no interest in "selling" this material, or anything about Young, to anyone who isn't receptive by nature.
The results, shot by cinematographer Declan Quinn (
'Neil Young Journeys' -- 3 stars
MPAA rating: PG (for language including some drug references, and brief thematic material)
Running time: 1:27