Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck

2015

Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck (2015)

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Critic Consensus: Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck makes a persuasive case for its subject without resorting to hagiography -- and includes plenty of rare and unreleased footage for fans.

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Kurt Cobain, lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter of Nirvana, remains an icon 20 years after his death. Here, we take a journey through Cobain's life and his career with Nirvana through the lens of his home movies, recordings, artwork, photography, and journals.

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Critic Reviews for Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck

All Critics (90) | Top Critics (23)

We see-almost from the inside-the evolution of Cobain's sensitive brilliance and the art and destruction that it fed.

Jan 4, 2016 | Full Review…

Morgen and his editors have simply done a remarkable job -- also an artful one -- in piecing together this residuum.

Jan 3, 2016 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
Newsday
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On the subject of the life and death of Kurt Cobain there is still some work to be done, but Montage of Heck may be as close as we'll get to moving on.

Jan 3, 2016 | Full Review…

A masterful and often deeply moving portrait of a volatile American genius, a portrait that goes far beyond one man, one family and one rain-sodden small town.

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Cobain's life has been chronicled in scores of books and documentaries, but Montage of Heck feels fresh in the scope of material it includes, the way it's presented, and the things it emphasizes.

Jan 3, 2016 | Full Review…

Montage understands Cobain as an icon, but also as the mixed-up kid who got too famous too fast, and it seems content revealing, rather than reconciling, his contradictions.

Jan 3, 2016 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck

I often treat it as a moment of embarrassment that Kurt Cobain remains such a symbol of my Generation. A brilliant musician and a terribly strange messed up human being. Despite its subject, the documentary is one of most well crafted that I have seen in ages.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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½

A fascinating chronicle of a troubled music icon.

Jared H
Jared H

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A comprehensive documentary that combines a great amount of video and audio footage with gorgeous animation and interviews to create a profoundly revealing character study, even if the final result feels a bit too long and some things are left hanging - like, where is Dave Grohl?

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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½

Brett Morgen (The Kid Stays In The Picture) uses archival footage, notes, drawings, and unseen home videos to bring to light the life and times of Kurt Cobain, the legendary singer/guitarist for the band Nirvana. We get a very intimate glimpse of the beloved musician from his early years all the way up to 1994, when he tragically took his own life at the age of 27. Having seen other documentaries produced on Nirvana and Cobain, I couldn't help feel that they were more idol-worship and spent less time focusing on the troubled life this man had. So, I was surprised and in some cases shocked with how much of his past they discussed. The use of home video footage to show how drug addiction drastically changed his mental and physical state, it was extremely upsetting to see. I grew up listening to these guys! Kurt was a gifted songwriter and musician. So, to get this level of intimacy and detail about his life. To see the events that made him the way he was. It was impressive that someone was able to put a documentary together that felt less like a love letter and more of a character study. I think it is the only real way you can effectively tell this story and they did it very well. On top of all this! Morgen utilized the incredible animation skills of Stefan Nadelman and Hisko Hulsing, to bring to life drawings done by Kurt. As well as, brilliantly bringing to life major events in the young Cobain's life. Which included his family troubles and his musical beginnings. The only issue I really had with the film was the exclusion of Dave Grohl, whose omission was a choice the director made. I felt it would have given the film a little more. But, ultimately I had no major issues with this documentary. It is very well done! The animated sequences alone make this worth your time. Even if you don't like Kurt Cobain! This is a great character study that doesn't pull any punches as it focuses on the events that both made and ultimately destroyed an extremely talented musician.

Jason Reneau
Jason Reneau

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