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The Kurt Cobain Documentary, Montage of Heck: The First Full Review

I can’t wait to see this thing which was screened this weekend at Sundance. From The Hollywood Reporter:

Arguably the biggest rock star of the 1990s is given the authorized-biographical-documentary treatment for the first time in Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, from writer-director Brett Morgen (The Kid Stays in the Picture, the Rolling Stones doc Crossfire Hurricane). Though it features new interviews with people from the late singer’s entourage, including his wife, Courtney Love; daughter, Frances Bean Cobain (also an executive producer); and fellow Nirvana member Krist Novoselic, the film tries to be not only an account of his life as told by others, but also something akin to a stream-of-consciousness autobiography, drawing on thousands of pages of diaries, notes and sketches, and a lot of previously unseen home-video footage.

The supersized result, 132 minutes long, was made with unprecedented access to the Cobain family’s personal archives and is impressive in parts, but wildly uneven as a whole. Too repetitive for all but the biggest fans, HBO and Universal Pictures International will have to do some serious marketing and perhaps some pruning to turn this into a wider breakout.

By the way, both Courtney and Frances Bean Cobain love the film. Keep reading. And once you’re done that, have a look at this article at The Verge.


Alan Cross

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