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Wednesday, 6 May 2015

COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK [2015]

Documentarian Brett Morgen directs Cobain: Montage Of Heck, the first fully authorized film about Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain who took his own life in 1994, thus joining the notorious 27 Club.
Using old recordings of Cobain's memoirs, his bizarre artwork from all periods of his life, deeply personal camcorder & Super-8 films and beautifully animated sequencs, the film begins with the troubled musician's happier times as a baby then ends with the artist having a baby of his own.  What we have here isn't a pic that paints the man as a rock icon but instead turns him into a human being who wasn't ever quite sure what he was doing.  He's not always the perfectly innocent tortured artist fans like to believe he is and is quite often a man who did some pretty despicable stuff in his lifetime.  It is quite long so glossing over several key moments throughout his life is a bit disappointing but in the end the film still does a beautiful job at painting a disturbingly raw and honest portrait of the man.

3½ taunts for G 'n R out of 5

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