NEIL YOUNG JOURNEYS

Mixed Road Trip

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Release Date: June 29, 2012

Starring: Neil Young

Genre: Documentary

Audience: Teenagers and adults

Rating: PG

Runtime: 87 minutes

Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Director: Jonathan Demme

Executive Producer: Marc Benioff, Bernard Shakey

Producer: Jonathan Demme, Elliott Rabinowitz,

Writer: N/A

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Content:

(RoRo, C, PC, Ab, L, V, S, A, DD, M) Strong Romantic worldview of the artist as an old man, with some reminiscing about his childhood, a couple light positive references to God, “Lord” and a real church but one song called “Love and War” contains a politically correct moral equivalence between Muslims praying to Allah and Christians praying to the Lord while suggesting that both religions lead to war and movie takes the general liberal stand on the tragic shooting deaths of four students at Kent State University in 1970 in conjunction with the famous protest song “Ohio” on the event written by Neil Young for the group Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young; five obscenities; brief newsreel footage from 1960s protests; light references to sex; no nudity; alcohol use; brief references to drugs; and, sympathy for war protesting, with some suggested inclinations toward pacifism.

Summary:

NEIL YOUNG JOURNEYS is about a 2011 concert the singer/composer held in his hometown of Toronto, Canada, with brief discussion of his childhood. Fans might wish the section about Young’s childhood gave more information. Also, NEIL YOUNG JOURNEYS has some politically correct moments and brief crude language, so extreme caution is advised.

Review:

NEIL YOUNG JOURNEYS is a documentary about a recent concert the singer/composer held in his hometown of Toronto, Canada. The movie includes footage of Young driving to see his old neighborhood outside Toronto. Eventually, he visits the place where his family’s house used to stand and reminisces briefly about his childhood with his brother. In Toronto, the movie shows Young performing some of his old hits and some of his new songs onstage, with brief backstage footage. The camera sometimes gets really up close to his face while he sings with the microphone.

Neil Young’s music is an acquired taste for many, mostly because of his off-key voice and reverberating guitar. However, the melodic power of his old songs shines. Despite that, viewers might wish the footage about Young’s childhood were longer. Also, although a couple songs reference God positively, one song called “Love and War” makes a politically correct moral equivalence between Muslim fanatics and Christian believers praying to Allah or the Lord. The movie is dedicated to the four students shot dead by National Guardsmen at Kent State University during the 1970 protests against the Vietnam War, which turned violent at Kent one weekend before the shooting the following Monday. Young wrote “Ohio,” a famous protest song about their deaths. The politically correct content suggests a kind of pacifism.

Overall, MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution for NEIL YOUNG JOURNEYS for the politically correct content, brief foul language, and brief drug references.

In Brief:

NEIL YOUNG JOURNEYS is about a recent concert the singer/composer held in his hometown of Toronto, Canada. The movie includes footage of Young driving to see his old hometown. Eventually, he visits the location of his family’s house and reminisces about his childhood with his brother. In Toronto, the movie shows Young performing some of his old hits and some of his new songs onstage, with brief backstage footage. The camera sometimes gets really up close to his face while he sings with the microphone.

Neil Young’s music is an acquired taste for many, mostly because of his off-key voice and reverberating guitar. However, the power of his old songs shines. Despite that, viewers might wish the footage about Young’s childhood were longer. Although a couple songs reference God positively, one song makes a politically correct moral equivalence between Muslim fanatics and Christian believers. The movie is dedicated to the four students shot dead at Kent State University during the 1970 protests against the Vietnam War, which turned violent at Kent. Young wrote “Ohio,” a famous song about their deaths. Overall, MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution for NEIL YOUNG JOURNEYS.