By Debbie Elicksen.
Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck (2015) is an intimate and personal portrayal of one of the world’s most loved music front men.
Writer/Director Brett Morgen mixes the interviews with home videos, and behind-the-scenes footage in this authorized biography. Some of Cobain’s drawings and journals give us a haunting look at his troubled thoughts, but you walk away with an overall appreciation for his creative genius. There are interviews with Don and Jenny Cobain (father and stepmother), Courtney Love, Tracey Marander (ex-girlfriend), Krist Novoselic (band member), and Wendy O’Connor (mother).
You really get a sense at how personal the Nirvana song lyrics were to Cobain’s thoughts. Overall, with the way Morgen pieced together the material, I have to say this is one of the best montages of an artist’s life I’ve seen. As much as we secretly wish that Cobain had opted out of joining the 27 Club, one wonders how he would have handled social media with his struggles.
If you get a chance to see this film, whether you like Nirvana or not, it’s a touching story of a fragile man that everybody loved. I give it five out of five stars.