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Plot: An authorized documentary on the late musician Kurt Cobain, from his early days in Aberdeen, Washington to his success and downfall with the grunge band Nirvana. Runtime: 145 mins Release Date: 04 May 2015
I don't think I have words to describe how good I thinks this documentary is (by lexi-guiot)
It really does take the myth out the man, and you are able to see him as real person who was super talented and unfortunately was never truly happy with himself and you see glimpses of happiness when he is with his family and band mates or playing music. I loved it, and it has stayed in my head for days because I always had this idealism towards who Kurt was, that seeing him as just a human being with severe self-acceptance issues, and at the same time, a very honest and sensitive guy who loved his wife and daughter, but could only love them the way he knew how, it was really cool and <more>
refreshing.People who do not like this documentary are of course entitled to their opinion, but I have never watched any nirvana or Kurt documentaries and I thought this one was a great presentation of the man he was and how he saw the world, so I don't get why you would not like this and think other documentaries are better. It is all about perspective and what the documentaries focus on, so I don't understand why people think they needed to see more footage of this or that... I 100% recommend this one!
Best documentary I could've wished for (by esteravs)
I got to see the film in the cinema quoting Brett Morgen: "as it was intended to be seen" and the whole experience was amazing, from start to finish. The film in itself was created in a way that allows the viewers to look right inside the personal life of Kurt Cobain, and really experience a large part of his life as if it were in first person. It makes one understand things in the way he saw them, and also more about the people around him, as well as his own life choices. In terms of structure, it is, as it is called, a montage, with animated diary entries, old clips, audio <more>
recordings and other personal instances of Kurt's autobiographical entries, in which he himself narrates his life, and allows us to see, from his childhood until his death, how he experienced life, all while hearing some of his best songs in the background. Not only was it very informative, the documentary is very enjoyable to watch.Being such a huge fan of Nirvana and Kurt's person , I absolutely loved every second of it. It is probably the only fully unbiased documentary about Kurt's life, which does not try to push opinions related to his death onto anyone, rather tries and succeeds! to portray his LIFE as it was, as well as personal details from Kurt's own perspective. So yeah. All my respect and admiration for Brett for creating this wonderful documentary. I honestly can't understand how there can be people who do not appreciate this. It's my belief all documentaries should have similar levels of detail in them. I also think everyone should watch this, even if they're not fans of Nirvana, because in the end, this is the story of someone's life and gives an all new viewpoint about him.RIP Kurt Cobain.
This film goes beyond expectations in allowing the viewer no matter what generation they grew up in to go far beyond the limitation in which society perceives Kurt Cobain. Powerfully and Masterfully executed by Morgan in a way that Slams the door shut on years of of numerous Kurt /Nirvana/Courtney investigations and documentaries. This did not show us who did what, when, how ,why an so forth.It Solely is about Kurt,and allows the millions of human beings around the world,many who have been directly impacted by Cobain,to gain unprecedented access into artistic mind and spirit of this mans <more>
genius.The film also flaunts Cobain's intelligence,artistry,kindred heart,and words flawlessly to a point in which the viewer can not help but become completely submerged into the mans soul.It is now established factually to millions and to those who may not have liked the man or his music, that his mark on the world has and still to this day permanently stains into the heart an undeniable experience through his creative genius, This film Brings you closer to the elements in which thousands and thousands have yearned and searched for throughout the years as if hoping to mend a wound Cobain created in his passing. Kurt Cobain was and is way more than what he has been perceived as. This film shows you that whatever we thought about generation X 's hero,..is wrong. And that Kurt Cobain did was Underestimated and unappreciated to a fault.Finally the world can see that we in fact did lose The one human being thousands among thousands of people turned to in order to connect and relate.but undeniably lost the greatest all around artistic rock star in our time.Morgan has mastered his craft to a fault.
An incredibly intimate and emotional portrait of a rock icon. (by BrentHankins)
It's been more than 20 years since the death of Kurt Cobain, and while there have been numerous documentaries, books, and television programs devoted to telling his story, it's difficult to point to any one account as being the definitive portrait of the Nirvana frontman. But Brett Morgen's fascinating film Cobain: Montage of Heck is more than worthy of that title.Chronicling Cobain's life and career through never-before-seen home videos, sketches, audio recordings and diary entries, Montage of Heck provides an unprecedented look into the mind of one of rock music's most <more>
iconic figures. This is the first film to have the full support and cooperation of Cobain's family, and the wealth of material resulting from this partnership is staggering.Most of the journal entries featured in the film have been animated and set to music, providing a unique and frenetic energy that seems to distract the audience from the fact that they're being forced to read in order to keep up with the narrative. Sometimes they're nothing more than a few short words, other times they're entire pages of ideas and song lyrics and scribbles, but they all showcase a mind that functioned with the same sort of reckless abandon with which Cobain played music.But the animation isn't just limited to the words on the pages of Cobain's many journals. Indeed, there are several fully-animated sequences that are combined with recordings of Cobain recounting anecdotes from various periods in his life. These scenes, from animators Hisko Hulsing and Stefan Nadelman, have an almost dreamlike quality, and breathe an incredible amount of life into Cobain's own narration.Montage of Heck is also peppered with interviews, with frequent quotes from Cobain's parents, his first serious girlfriend, former bandmate Krist Novoselic, and even his widow, Courtney Love conspicuously absent is Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, who served as the band's drummer for the bulk of their short career . Once again, the cooperation of these individuals provides tremendous insight into the series of events that led Cobain into his downward spiral.But the most emotional material, and certainly the most difficult to watch, is a lengthy segment during the film's second hour devoted to home video footage of Cobain and his wife. We see them holed up in their apartment during a heroin-fueled binge, with frequent cuts to news headlines about their drug problems, and Cobain's angry handwritten retorts. We see them at home after the birth of their daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, taking baths together and cracking jokes, obviously in love despite the undeniable toxicity of their relationship.Far from the sort of talking head style that is so common with other music documentaries, Montage of Heck instead offers the most intimate look at Cobain that we've ever seen. From the casual listener to the hardcore fan, every viewer can expect to learn something about Cobain that they didn't know before, leaving with even more appreciation for his art, and more sorrow over his tragic self-destruction.
Look into certain scenes, rather than trying to look into them all (by StevePulaski)
"Intimate" is the word to use when describing Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, a documentary with uncommonly vivid and detailed accounts of the Nirvana lead singer's life, rise, demise, and untimely death. In just twenty-seven years, Cobain accomplished more than many aspiring musicians will capture in their entire lives, speaking to a generation of young, impressionable, disaffected souls with his raucous music and his equally loud personality. Montage of Heck defies typical documentary hagiography; it doesn't stoop to the level of blind praise or idolization of its subject. <more>
It finds the most intimate and tender moments of Cobain's life and cobbles them together in a project about as manic as the man it's about.The documentary begins by looking at Cobain's early life, where he was a hyperactive child, who's mother and father couldn't quite handle. His mother talks about having to give him Ritalin at one point to calm him down, as he was constantly moving and exhausting himself, playing instruments, singing, or just being an uncontrollable force of nature. When his parents divorced, Kurt hopped around, staying with his father, his grandparents, and other relatives for no more than two or three weeks because of his erratic behavior. This inconsistent upbringing left him confused and weary at a young age, with his mother describing him as "unruly" following their divorce. He felt that a broken family was bad and shameful enough, and the fact he wasn't accepted by it made him more frustrated.Kurt's adolescence, defined by criminality, drug use, and wayward attempts to have sex, are captured through beautifully animated sequences, reminiscent of the style Richard Linklater used for his films A Scanner Darkly and Waking Life. Kurt narrates the sequence, talking about his failed sexual encounters and his excessive marijuana use, which allowed him to escape looming pressures and the feeling of being unloved by his family. This anarchic approach to live - a "seize the day" approach, if you will - is one of the many biting forces that led to the music of Nirvana being formed.That's where the linearity of Montage of Heck ceases. After about thirty minutes of talking heads, we get most of the abstract material from director Brett Morgen, who compiles Kurt's notebooks, drawings, archival footage, and audio recordings into one big sensory overload. The result is almost impressionistic, where what you bring to the documentary is as important as what you attempt to learn from it. These visuals are expertly animated and assembled, creating a sort of poetry across a large canvas of material.While rarely seen interviews with Nirvana make up parts of the documentary, the real heart comes at the end, when we see home video footage of Cobain and Courtney Love, most of the time, strung out on heroin, nicotine, and alcohol. This is all going on even while Love is pregnant with their child, Frances. This is where the intimacy really takes on a new life; before, Morgen was deceptive, making us think we were in for a talking head documentary about the life of Cobain. However, he pulls a one-eighty by showing us Kurt's unpublished journals and musings on life and love at one point, we see a letter to Courtney Love that has Kurt proclaiming he'd make himself miserable to make her happy and even "abort Christ for her" . Such intimacy is carried out in the most explicit way, through these home videos, which bear romance, incoherent ramblings, or simple interactions between Kurt and the most close-knit family he ever had.Courtney Love, who is interviewed in the documentary, even opens up about how Kurt was in love with her up until his suicide. She states that all he wanted to do was spend time with her, following his departure from Nirvana, and even told her all he wanted to do was, upon making $3 million, stay in his apartment with her, do heroin, paint, and play guitar. If that's not living life the artistic way, I don't know what is.Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck is edited quite chaotically, and many will struggle to find a central meaning in the film. Per usual, I think such an act is a waste of time and provides for nothing but a headache. The important thing, as with most films, is to see what you can decipher and interpret from scenes, characters, and overarching ideas, and Montage of Heck is a brilliantly structured study into one of music's most enigmatic minds. We see, in a manner that only compliments Cobain's personality and overall approach to music, a manic detailing of a man's life in a manner that allows art and process to take over quite beautifully here.Directed by: Brett Morgen.
I'm a super Nirvana fan, but the first time i watched it at home i got a little disappointed. I think this film besides some of the interviews and his beautiful art becoming alive lacked something, maybe perspective. It made me angry how their parents justify everything, It was Their fault that Kurt became an addict and depressive! how they let that happen?!! how a family can do that to their own child? i don't understand...It made me feel really sad, he was such a fragile and vulnerable person, maybe if he had had psychological treatment, he would be still alive today. The scenes <more>
of the home made movies are hard to watch, maybe if he was here he would had felt «violated» again. I just wish i could had help him.I don't know... it was beautifully made, i really enjoyed most of the movie, but i don't think its the «definitive» portrait of Kurt. He is seen as an addict and depressive person with a lot of problems, YES he had some of that but, what about his human side? what about the beautiful creative, artistic and sensitive person in there? The art isn't enough to show it.This movie its really similar to Heavier than Heaven, his stories about childhood and teenage years, the problems, the suicide.Y'now!? Now when i listen to Nirvana i have this melancholic feeling, like when it sounded Teen Spirit in the a cappella version... crap. *goosebumps*.If you're a fan, you're gonna enjoy this astonishing movie, but you'll also feel there's a blank space in there...I give it a 9/10
Montage of Heck: The Story Changes Again (by goldcobra1984)
This movie was great but it only enhances the murder theories as it does not show a man who was suicidal, the one twisting that is Courtney, and its obvious to anyone that shes lying body language when she talks about certain things. This film just raises more questions than anything. I will be looking forward to the other documentary 'Soaked in Bleach'. You have to hand it to Courtney Love. The official story of Kurt Cobain's death, that the man was congenitally suicidal and finally committed suicide in April, 1994, has been springing leaks for over 20 years. But this woman <more>
continues to work hard, really hard, to plug them up. And Montage of Heck is her latest, and in my opinion, her weakest attempt to maintain the lie.In Montage of Heck. Wendy O'Connor, Don Cobain, Kim Cobain and who knows, perhaps even Krist Novoselic-are all people who have long been under Courtney's thumb. But for me, the most troubling interviewee is Wendy O'Connor.The reality is that Wendy never supported Kurt's music career, which she freely admitted to Azerrad two years before Kurt's death."A lot of people ask me: 'When's he going to buy you a new car? When's he going to buy you a house?' says Cobain's mother. "I couldn't even accept it if he offered it. We could have helped him along if we would have realized that this was really going to be something. We thought he'd get over it. I wish we would have helped him out a little more. He owes us nothing." ["Inside the Heart and Mind of Kurt Cobain", Rolling Stone, April 16, 1992] Apparently Kurt agreed because he never gave Wendy a cent after he became successful and had only occasional and always reluctant contact with her. So it should surprise no one that Wendy made no attempt to locate Kurt after he went "missing" in April, 1994.The weird thing is that Courtney quickly cultivated a close relationship with Wendy after marrying Kurt, for reasons that remain unclear. In fact, for years Courtney has been directing Wendy on what to say and to whom about Kurt and his death. For example, when Courtney filed a false Missing Person's Report in Wendy's name on April 4, 1994, just days prior to the discovery of Kurt's body, Wendy publicly went along with the lie. And during the ensuing days and months, Courtney continued to exert complete control over Wendy and even prohibited her from speaking to Tom Grant.In 2001, Courtney issued a press release in Wendy's name viciously disparaging Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl and Wendy went along with it.I don't know what's going on between Wendy and Courtney because they have certainly had their share of disagreements, most notably in 2006 when Courtney foreclosed on the home she bought for Wendy a few years after Kurt's death. But for some reason, they seem to be getting along again.Any good criminal investigator will tell you that innocent people do not change their story much over time, while guilty people tend to alter their alibi often to cover their tracks. In due course, the most interesting thing about Courtney's interview in Montage of Heck is how she changed her story regarding Kurt's alleged Rome suicide attempt on March 4, 1994, and not for the first time.In 1994 Courtney told Rolling Stone that she fell asleep and awoke sometime between 3:00 and 4:00 AM and found Kurt lying on the edge of the bed with $1,000 in his pocket and a note. A couple of months later Courtney told SPIN Magazine that she woke up at 4:00 AM and discovered Kurt lying on the floor with blood coming out of his nostril, holding $1,000 in one hand and a note in the other. In any case, the ambulance did not arrive until 6:30 AM. Why the two to three hour delay in calling the ambulance? It's a gaping hole in Courtney's alibi... a hole Montage of Heck tries to fill by claiming that Courtney woke up at 5:30 AM that day.Sneaky.Moreover, Courtney told Rolling Stone that Kurt had ingested 50 Rohypnols in Rome. But in Montage of Heck she claims that Kurt took between 60 and 70 Rohypnols. Courtney also claims, for the first time, that Kurt attempted suicide in Rome because he thought she was cheating on him and felt betrayed. "I never, never cheated on him, but I certainly thought about it one time in London."Although Courtney never uses his name, that person in London was Billy Corgan, and Courtney most definitely did cheat on Kurt with Corgan in London. She even went on vacation with Corgan a few weeks after Kurt's death, even though she was still playing the grieving widow in public.In fact, we still maintain that the Rome overdose was really the first attempt on Kurt's life, not only because Courtney's entire story about what happened that night remains highly suspicious, but because it continues to change. However, it is important to note that Tom Grant has never once changed his story about his investigation into Kurt Cobain's death over the last 21 years.One gets the sense from watching Montage of Heck that it won't be long before this massive pile of lies comes crashing down on them.Screenshots of a sampling from the MOH review posts on our FaceBook page at: HTTP://www.facebook.com/tomgrantpi
The Quintessential Kurt Cobain Doc (by KnightsofNi11)
Some say that you're not a true rock and roll legend until you've had an extensive authorized documentary made about your legacy. Just kidding, nobody says that. Kurt Cobain was a legend as soon as Nevermind hit record stores, and his legacy continues today, immortalized by Nirvana and the massive impact his genius had on punk rock. But not only was he one of the best rockers who ever lived, Kurt Cobain was one of the most extraordinary and misunderstood minds of his generation, whose own brilliance caused his self destruction. He's a complex and intricate spider web of a person, <more>
and Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck goes on the deepest and most intimate exploration of this enigmatic genius that has ever been done. Montage of Heck chronicles Cobain's entire life, beginning with his parents meeting and Kurt's childhood, all the way up to his suicide in 1994 which is nothing more than a title card at an abrupt end of the film. Don't think that this is a Nirvana documentary, or a Courtney Love documentary, or any other kind of documentary other than a Kurt Cobain documentary. Montage of Heck examining his relationship with his family, his lovers, his band, and Nirvana's massive following which played on Kurt as a blessing and a maddening curse. Montage of Heck is directed by Brett Morgen, the director of my personal favorite ESPN 30 for 30 episode, June 17th, 1994, a sports documentary that only uses news footage from one particular day in sports to tell its story. Morgen employs similar techniques here. The amount of home video footage that exists of Cobain from his adolescence all the way through his relationship with Courtney Love which includes some pretty disturbing drug induced home video , is astounding. Montage of Heck is brilliantly pieced together through this home video footage, interviews with people close to Kurt, audio recordings of Kurt and friends, and Kurt's own journal writings and drawings, gloriously animated in what makes for the most fascinating look into the mind of this troubled genius. Some of the best parts of the film take us through his journals where his mad scientist scribbles and macabre H.R. Giger-esque drawings show us his reactions and feelings towards the band, their rising popularity, Courtney Love, etc. all to paint a fascinatingly intricate portrait of this man. To call Montage of Heck an examination of Kurt Cobain would be doing a disservice to this great doc. Montage of Heck is less of an examination and more of a journey, a violent yet graceful boat ride into the seas of one of rock and roll's most dynamic minds. It's a film that is as beautiful as it is brutal, and as sentimental as it is visceral. This is the most honest and in depth insight into a man who seemed to have everything, yet battled demons all his life to find what really could make him happy. Sadly, those demons won, but not before Kurt Cobain could be immortalized as a rock and roll icon. And now we're lucky enough to have this film which celebrates all that he left behind. A film that shows us not only who Kurt Cobain was on stage, but who he was as a passionately flawed human being who wanted nothing more than to love, be loved, and rock the f out.
I have read a couple Bios of Nirvana and found this doc to be fairly simplistic. Still I enjoyed seeing the unseen footage and cartoon montages. What I was really hoping for was a bit more focus of Kurt when he lived in Evergreen and was dating Toby Vail would have liked to of seen her in the doc . The experience he had during that time is what inspired him to write many if not all of the songs from Nevermind. What the doc did include was well done. I also wish there was a few more people included in the doc. Dave Grohl, Chad Channing, Toby Vail, to name a few. Still A must watch for any <more>
Nirvana/Kurt Cobain fan. The story of Kurt Cobain is a frustrating one his personality mixed with his addictions was what ultimately led to his downfall. I really wish he would have sucked it up and stuck around a bit. I will admit the Doc did a good job capturing just how sensitive and awkward he was before during and after his fame.