Neil Young Journeys

Director Jonathan Demme’s third concert-film collaboration with the abiding rocker finds him back in his native Ontario, surveying old familiar landscapes—both physical and sonic—and meandering by car to Toronto’s Massey Hall to close out his 2011 solo tour. What to say? Hope you like Neil Young. With cinematographer Declan Quinn’s cameras doting at very close range (one mic-mounted lens even gets sprayed with spittle), Demme’s casual reverie is personal, periodically mesmerizing, and unabashedly indulgent. Nonfans surely will come away more aggravated than persuaded; the rest of us may luxuriate once more in Demme’s superb sound design and in Young’s tuneful sincerity.

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