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Movie review: Neil Young rocks on musical 'Journeys'

Published August 10, 2012 12:34 pm
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Neil Young can still belt out the angry rock of his younger days — as well as sing regret-minded ballads fitting for a man of 66 years. He does both, to powerful effect, in this concert film, the third Young and director Jonathan Demme have made in the last six years.

The performance is from the "Le Noise" tour in 2011 in Young's hometown of Toronto, with the singer alone onstage performing mostly new songs with a few classics, including "My My Hey Hey" (with its famous lyric "it's better to burn out than fade away") and "Ohio" (his CSNY tribute to the four students killed by National Guard troops at Kent State in 1970).

Interspersed with Young's childhood memories, expressed while driving a '56 Ford Crown Vic around his boyhood haunts, "Journeys" captures Young's past and his present, and shows that he's well prepared for a long future.

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'Neil Young Journeys'

Opens Friday, Aug. 10, at the Broadway Centre Cinemas; rated PG for language including some drug references, and brief thematic material; 87 minutes, visit nowsaltlake.com/movies.

 

 


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