Cobain: Montage of Heck


Action / Animation / Biography / Documentary / Music

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 98%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 87%
IMDb Rating 7.5 10 24309


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Courtney Love as Herself
Kurt Cobain as Himself
Dave Grohl as Himself
1.95 GB
23.976 fps
2hr 25 min
P/S 9 / 98

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by John M Joseph 8 / 10

The best Kurt Cobain Documentary yet!

I think this piece of work being produced by Frances Bean Cobain is the best film I have seen on Kurt yet. It really shows how different he was, how Courtney seemed to be the downfall of it all in my opinion. I love the illustrations along with his recorded audio. Kurt to this day is such an iconic rock star but remains such a mystery. Krist (Nirvana bass player) really gives some intuitive insight too. My only griped is that Dave Grohl (Drummer of Nirvana) was not in interviewed. Kurt was such an influential piece of the grunge sound and really the face of it all. A must watch!

Reviewed by dierregi 3 / 10

Unsatisfactory - but not surprisingly - "authorised version"

I watched this "documentary" without any preconceived ideas about Cobain and Nirvana. I know their music and about Cobain's death, but I followed their story from a distance.

The documentary is unsatisfactory, mostly because of the uneven pace, the length and the feeling that the people involved just tried to justify themselves.

The story stars slow, with some sweet (and heartbreaking) footage of baby Kurt, interspersed with interviews with his mother, father and stepmother. I knew little about Cobain's life, but I had the impression the three of them tried to justify their actions even before they mentioned that in his teenage years Kurt was shipped back and forward in his family circle, because he was "difficult". His dad and stepmother looked weird, while his mother looked like an older version of Courtney Love (not a compliment).

The story includes animated parts of Kurt's journals, photos, artwork, home movies and even some animated "reconstruction" of moments in Kurt's life.The technique is interesting, but there is way too much of it, especially the animated journal, showing the handwritten words forming very quickly. It is a non-stop struggle trying to read the text. Also, most of Cobain's artwork is quite violent and depressing.

When it reaches the point of Cobain living with girlfriend Tracy and then forming Nirvana, the pace of the story changes. Enter Courtney Love and the rest is basically about her.

We're shown plenty of home movies, with the allegedly happy couple in various stages of undress, looking filthy and living in squalor. Then more footage with baby Frances, in the same settings and nudity, with an increasingly emaciated Cobain and Love showing her tits. As mentioned by another reviewer, that was totally irrelevant, since I wanted to know Cobain's story and cared nothing about Love's tits.

With the hijack of Courtney Love, the story takes a turn for the worse and seems to drag on forever. Love also does a lot of justifying, especially about the notorious Vanity Fair interview. She admits to using heroin while pregnant, as if it is perfectly normal. Dave Grohl is not interviewed, while Novoselic gives a couple of anodyne statements. The end is quite abrupt and leaves out the final weeks. I guess a touchy topic for the widowÂ….

Whatever happened, Cobain seemed sensitive, artistic and fragile man, certainly not a happy guy. He had the misfortune of growing up in a chaotic family and falling for the wrong woman. Some say that life is the narrative we tell ourselves about the events that happened to us. Unfortunately Cobain told himself a sad, violent and ultimately tragic story.

Reviewed by Hubert_Cumberdale 1 / 10

Montage of Dreck

If you knew nothing about Kurt Cobain beforehand, I can see how you would think this documentary is amazing. I found it to be a very controlled and contrived piece of work. Aside from Buzz Osborne's criticisms of the film, the interviewees are obviously just covering their asses. The wealth of biographies and films that have preceded this one painted Kurt's biological mother, Wendy O'Connor, as a cruel and self-centered woman, but in Montage of Heck she's given the chance to whitewash her history and portray herself as a loving, doting mother. And then there's Courtney Love's ridiculous assertion that she only *thought* about cheating on him and he read her mind and overdosed because of it.

Speaking of Courtney, the second half of the film is dedicated entirely to her marriage to Kurt. Despite accounts of their vicious fights from friends, this entire segment is showing videos of them being silly and playful. I'm sure they had some happy times together, but this is only telling half of the story.

Morgen focuses on diary passages that suggest Cobain was suicidal, often lingering on them with ominous music as if to suggest that he was gloomy and tortured and that his suicide was an inevitability. This is kind of a lazy and stereotypical approach to take, especially in a film that is supposed to dispel the myth of his public persona. For the same reason, it seemed inappropriate to include the "retarded girl" story without making it clear (enough, at least to me) that this was part of Kurt's story-telling and not an actual event.

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