I don’t think that there is a grundge fan out there that hasn’t heard about or already seen the new documentary about late Nirvana singer (and true musical genius) Kurt Cobain. Dubbed as ‘The most intimate rock doc ever’, ‘Montage of Heck’ takes your through never seen before footage of Cobain’s life. The most appealing trait, however, is that his family and close friends are the ones who are telling us Kurt’s story, not some stranger taken off the street that has read other people’s accounts. Honestly, I have seen many Kurt and Nirvana documentaries, as well as read Charles R. Cross’ ‘Heavier Than Heaven’ and can wholeheartedly say that none of them come close to the ‘Montage of Heck’ effect.
The movie was directed by Brett Morgen and co-produced by Courtney Love and (my personal favourite) Frances Bean Cobain. Its theatrical premier was at 2015 Sundance Film Festival where it won critical acclaim.
‘Montage of Heck’ is heart-breaking watch, as it illustrates Cobain’s difficult life. Albeit Kurt being portrayed as this human being that was rejected from an early age (from his family) and didn’t seem to fit into any particulate social circle, he made it big. This, on the other hand, didn’t make him happy as he was constantly striving for perfection in his craft but never managed to get where he wanted to be. Combine all of this with the fact that stardom just wasn’t his thing and you’ll easily understand why Kurt went down the road to ruin. The Aberdeen-born artist seemed to crave normality so much (you know, the white picket fence, mom & dad being together) but in a strange way was deliberately running from said normality.
Throughout the documentary, you can hear most of the well-known Nirvana tracks such as Lithium, Come As You Are, Heart Shaped Box, Rape Me. I was pleasantly surprised with the choir version of Smells Like Teen Spirit – it literally sends shivers down your spine!
If you are a Nirvana or Kurt fan, I’d say that ‘Montage of Heck’ is a must watch. At the end of the documentary, I couldn’t believe what I’d just seen – the rock icon of a whole generation, exposed as a super emotional, humble and kind human being that couldn’t cope with fame and had to resort to substance abuse to get away from it all. Be mindful of the fact that it is graphic, intimate and last but not least – the true face of who Kurt was.
You can check Rolling Stone’s interview with one of the masterminds behind ‘Montage of Heck’ – Frances at the following link
In other news, here you can learn more about Courtney Love’s battle with the new documentary about Cobain’s suspicious death, called ‘Soaked in Bleach’.
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