Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck (2015)

Directed By – Brett Morgan

Screenplay By – Brett Morgan

Cinematography By – Eric Edwards, James Whitaker & Nicole Hirsch Whitaker

Starring Kurt Cobain

145 min.

As someone who wasn’t old enough to experience the world craze that was Nirvana and Kurt Cobain, Nirvana (and Cobain) have been something (and someone) I’ve had to find on my own. Nirvana was never a band I ever embraced as a teenager but as I get older their music becomes more interesting to me and equally so Cobain a more interesting figure. With things like youtube I have been able to explore Cobain through various interviews and performances but never got the true feeling I understood the man, and like much of the world, have been left wanting something more.

Montage of Heck gives you as much more as there can possibly be. That doesn’t mean it fills that want for more than comes with Cobain, but it does give you more. Even though it still includes plenty of the images and videos that one can find online, MOH excels through access to personal journals and videos that have never been released publicly. The aspect in which one can grasp the most new information and a little more of inside the brain of Cobain is in the journals, filled with lyrics and sketches that Morgan animates and brings to life beautifully.

Personally I think Cobain led such a short life that there is only so much that there is to know about him, Morgan has made something that gives us as much a we probably can ever know about him.

A viewer doesn’t need to know anything about Nirvana or Cobain going into the film and will come out knowing as much as an outsider can about Kurt and as always still left wanting more. But they will have an urge to explore the music and when it is all said and done is all we really have left of him.

God Bless America

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