Documentary Review: ‘Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck’


Kurt Cobain has always been seen as something of a tragic hero to fans of the alternative rock genre. He rose to fame on a road paved with tragic lyrics, drugs, and depression. At the same time that he seemed destined for great things Cobain also seemed fated for misfortune. ‘Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck’ provides an honest and intimate accounting of this journey.

Director Brett Morgen delivers a story of Kurt Cobain that goes deeper and feels more uncomfortable than any that has come before it. Rather than just rely on interviews and second hand stories the documentary utilizes old home videos, journals, sketchbooks, and musings caught during audio recording sessions. It is a deep look at a musical genius and it delivers insight, tragedy, and heart. Balancing against all the troubled moments are elements of love and caring from Cobain’s family, friends, and bandmates.

‘Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck’ is an immersive and personal look at the life of the tragic rock star. It is not a celebration or a denunciation. Rather it throws viewers into as many aspects of Cobain’s life as the abundant first hand source material allows. This may be the closest anyone will ever come to garnering insight into Cobain’s brilliant yet troubled mind.

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