Movie review: "Neil Young Trunk Show"

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Neil Young is inarguably a rock legend. That's perhaps the only way to explain the existence of "Neil Young Trunk Show," a concert film that's big on Young's more obscure catalog and virtually nothing else.

Filmed at a Pennsylvania show on his "Chrome Dreams II" tour in 2007, Young does play a few of his more well-known songs - "Cinnamon Girl" and "Like a Hurricane" are among the more memorable - but adds in more rare cuts like "Kansas" and a 20-minute version of "No Hidden Path."

Directed by Jonathan Demme, the film is the second entry (after 2006's "Neil Young: Heart of Gold") in a proposed Neil Young concert film trilogy.

Unlike "Gold," though, which plays like a big show complete with guest stars, "Trunk Show" is a loose, free-form film that lets Young do his thing without any interruptions - even though a few behind-the-scenes song breaks would have been a very welcome addition.

Those without a deep appreciation of Young's skills will probably be a little bored by the slow pace of the film, as will casual fans looking for a greatest-hits compilation. The die-hards, however, will love this new, relaxed take on a true rock legend.

"Neil Young Trunk Show"

Opens Friday at the Gateway

Grade: B-