Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck

Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck

Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck

Authorised biography on Nirvana's legendary frontman Kurt Cobain that uses private home movies, animated journal extracts, archival footage and interviews with Cobain family members, Courtney Love and Krist Novoselic to illustrate the musician’s life. From Academy Award nominated documentarian Brett Morgen (Crossfire Hurricane).

"Following Kurt from his earliest years in Aberdeen, Washington, through the height of his fame, a visceral and detailed cinematic insight of an artist at odds with his surroundings emerges. While Cobain craved the spotlight even as he rejected the trappings of fame, his epic arc depicts a man who stayed true to his earliest punk rock convictions, always identifying with the "outsider" and ensuring the music came first. Fans and those of the Nirvana generation will learn things about Cobain they never knew while those who have recently discovered the man and his music will know what makes him the lasting icon that he is." (Sundance Film Festival)

2015Rating: MA15+, Strong coarse language and drug use145 minsUSA
BiographyDocumentaryMusic
Director:
Brett Morgen ('Crossfire Hurricane', 'On the Ropes', 'Chicago 10')
Writer:
Brett Morgen
Cast:
Kurt CobainCourtney LoveKrist Novoselic

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Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck / Reviews

Flicks, Matt Glasby

Flicks, Matt Glasby

Borrowing its title from one of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain's musical collages, Brett (The Kid Stays In The Picture) Morgen's exhaustive tribute is aptly named and damn-near definitive. Less a documentary than a swirling mass of doodles, diary entries, backstage grabs and home movies, it puts us right inside Kurt's roiling brain, a disturbing place to visit, let alone live.

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Variety

Variety

It’s all absorbing stuff, amply conveying the magnetism of a conflicted leader who drew fanatical adoration, yet who one suspects wasn’t easy company...

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Total Film

Total Film

Scruffy, sharp and insightful on an oft-explored subject. The pay-off is terribly moving – it’ll drain you.

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Time Out

Time Out

If you’re even remotely a fan, you need to see this.

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The Telegraph

The Telegraph

Morgen manages to stay clear of hagiography, instead compiling an exhilarating piece of film-making...

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The Dissolve

The Dissolve

Morgen isn’t interested in rehashing the facts and highlights of Cobain’s life and career... He’s made an impression of Cobain, which is a much more intuitive and vital enterprise.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Impressive in parts, but wildly uneven as a whole.

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Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

It proves that Morgen isn’t interested in hagiography. He wants to show us the real Kurt Cobain, warts and all.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Slightly overlong and glosses over certain aspects but a profound examination of a tortured artist.

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