The Paradox trailer only gives viewers a hint of what’s in store for this bizarre western fantasy musical. The film was directed by Daryl Hannah (Young’s partner) and stars Neil Young, Willie Nelson and Lukas and Micah Nelson.
Young is no stranger to odd films (his past credits include Greendale and Human Highway), and this March 23rd Netflix release will be no different. The movie’s weirdness fit comfortably into Austin’s SXSW Film Festival where it premiered last week, complete with a red carpet preceding the film.
After seeing the movie on the big screen, Consequence of Sound explained that the surreal film centers around the loose concept of a group of men searching for long lost technology artifacts to give to a group of women who they must stay separated from until the full moon. This almost makes sense of the previously released synopsis that read: “Mining the detritus of past civilizations, they wait … for the Silver Eagle, for the womenfolk, and for the full moon’s magic to give rise to the music and make the spirits fly.”
It appears that the 73-minute film is best viewed for its music, imagery and overall vibe. Looking for a coherent storyline might leave viewers scratching their heads, especially since Hannah herself called it not a “real movie,” and “more pot than plot.” But fans of Neil Young and his music should give Paradox a click when it comes out on Netflix.