Indie director Jim Jarmusch lenses a low-tech tribute to protean rocker Neil Young and his long-standing band, Crazy Horse. Stitched together from archival material shot in 1976 and 1986 along with candid scenes of Young and the band kicking back between shows, this rockumentary is as ragged as it is direct. Concert performances include renditions of hits such as "Sedan Delivery" and "Like a Hurricane."
Jim Jarmusch, who fits right into Neil Young's world of defiant artistic purity and try-anything abandon, has made a documentary that the faithful are sure to love. What a sight the 52-year-old Grandpa of Grunge is, stomping around the stage in saggy shorts, baggy T-shirt and black socks, hitting on a riff and playing it over and over until it brings on a trance. And in between musical sequences, Jim Jarmusch finds a visual form that mirrors the spirit of the music. All in all, great sounds and a loose, good-humored tribute to Neil Young's 30 years of maverick rock-and-roll. Janet Maslin
1997-10-04 | Janet Maslin | Read the New York Times Review of The Year of the Horse