Nirvana wasn't really my tunes, but after I watched this I would definitely be a fan of the band if I'm still in high school. Apart from the music, I get that kind of sensitivity myself so I can relate to this. Also am a sucker for sketches, lyrics and doodles so I enjoyed this very much. I think teaming up with the wife, family, friends, and mostly daughter, did really help in interpreting him in an honest way.
Fascinating documentary that is simultaneously creepily intimate and emotionally distant. The style of the film and its use of animation feels a bit glossy but manages to hook the viewer into a world that generally feels authentic, and yet we're left with very little to discern about Cobain himself, what was driving him, beyond his addictions, as an artist and not just a troubled soul.
Cobain wanted to be remembered for the music. Okay; so here's a work of commercial product that glosses over all of his musical accomplishments, his influences & aspirations, his methodology, and instead presents a voyeuristic two and a half hour car crash that works to expose the songwriter as little more than a violent, narcissistic, habitual drug abusing deadbeat bully. Blatant exploitation at its most cynical.
A rare change to look into the life of Kurt Cobain. Like never before. All other documentaries about him did not have this chance of using both his music as soundtrack and such private media from his family archive. Very well constructed. Even if, at times, it feels unconfortable and voyeuristic. Maybe some scenes could just remain unseen. And unknown. They smell like reality tv, or worse, like sex tape scandal.
My Cobain in the 90s was way way more João Vieira Pinto, Richard Dean Anderson, Ayrton Senna, Thom Yorke (and years later Ian Curtis), rather than Kurt and i'm everything but a fan of Nirvana's music but i still think he was a great artist with a wrecked soul. Still think the definite 'biopic'/homage on/to Cobain was Van Sant's Last Days and Cat Power's I Don't Blame You.
What is genius? How does it ignite, how is it expressed? Cobain wasn’t a genius because he wrote “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” He was a genius because he felt the world with such incredible precision and passion, filtered it through his experiences and gave it form. http://filmcapsule.com/2015/05/08/kurt-cobain-montage-of-heck-2015/
Intimate and enthralling portrait of Kurt Cobain using a wealth of home movies, promotional material, animation, et.al. to get behind the public persona and give some depth to an icon who wanted to be anything but. Cobain's fear of ridicule and need for familial love were destructive motivational factors in inspiring his art and his self destructive tendencies. Fascinating portrait.
The intimate access seems contentious and intrusive. Nonetheless, it reveals the humanity of Kurt behind the sardonic persona, and shows that his struggle with drug addiction and identity, that was simply a flawed human reaction to a broken but deeply talented life.