Director: Brett Morgen
Running Time: 132 mins
UK Certificate: 15
Montage of Heck tells the Kurt Cobain story in a deeply personal way I wasn’t totally prepared for. I was and still am a huge Nirvana fan, and would rather have seen the complete story of the band itself (with interviews with forgotten members etc), but Morgen has undoubtedly carved a fascinating portrait of the intense and troubled frontman. Animation of Kurt’s old notebooks & paintings, and rotoscoped recreations of his formative years, are masterfully interwoven with old footage to give a patchwork impression of Kurt’s very fertile mind and troubled upbringing.
The second act of the films moves into the roller-coaster era of the bands success where familiar gig and interview footage again tells the story minus any narration other than that of Cobain himself and those interviewed. Krist Novoselic has a few interesting insights and he comes across very well. Sadly there was no interviews with Dave Grohl or Bleach drummer Chad Channing, despite plenty of them both in the live gig footage.
Obviously, the third act gets progressively darker as Cobain & Love … Continue reading