montage of heckIt’s been a while since I last did a rock doc for all of you on here and there was an opportunity that I couldn’t give up as a highly anticipated documentary Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck debuted on HBO about the man who literally changed the world with his artistic genius. On April 5, 1994, Kurt Cobain committed suicide by shooting himself with a shotgun inside in his him in Seattle, Washington leaving the world to speculate a to why he did it. He left the world as they speculated for years and years about why he did it blaming it on Courtney Love or the fact that the fame was just too much for him. Frances Bean Cobain, the daughter of the late Nirvana front man seemed to be on a mission as Courtney and her allowed director Brett Morgen complete access to everything that belonged to him from drawings, notebooks, journals, videotapes, etc. It’s a very personal access to what the front man thought and went through his whole life as you also get interviews in this rock documentary from his mother, father Don Cobain, sister Kim Cobain, Courtney Love, old girlfriend Tracey Marander, Krist Novoselic, and archived interviews with Dave Grohl, Buzz Osbourne, and footage of how they were with Frances Bean Cobain as a baby. 

kurtcobain_montageofheck_mainWhen I say that this is a very personal look into the life of Kurt Cobain, I really mean that it is a personal dark look into the life of a tortured artist. It seemed at first like he had the perfect life until things start to spiral out of control as soon as he went into his teenage years and it just spiraled from there. You seem him determined to make it to almost rejecting the fame to regaining his composure, but we didn’t know he hurt that bad. He was addicted to drugs and he knew it, but he will go down like so many other tortured geniuses of the past. The documentary was well directed, written, and presented. There are moments when things look like they’ll brighten up, but it gets real dark real soon. It seems in the documentary that he didn’t either like his fellow counterparts from Seattle and he was obsessed with Guns N Roses and Axl Rose. It’s a little weird at first to keep hearing them mention from time to time GNR and you wonder why. It’s cool to hear all of the tape recordings Kurt made and the videos he recorded as well because it gives you a look at the man himself. I have to say that I truly enjoyed this documentary from beginning to end and I recommend that you check it out as well if you are a fan of Nirvana or just curious. I am giving the documentary an A for a final grade.

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