Writer / Director: Brett Morgen
With: Kurt Cobain, Courtney Love
IMDb Logline: The authorized documentary on late Guitar/lead singer Kurt Cobain from his early days in Aberdeen Washington to his success and downfall with Grunge band Nirvana.
- Personal videos from Kurt’s childhood and marriage to Courtney Love
- Animation to dramatize certain episodes of his life
- Use of his personal notes to show Kurt’s creative process
- Choice to play Nirvana music on children’s musical instruments while showing early family videos
- Present day Courtney Love interviews
- Lack of present day Dave Grohl interviews
- Follow-up with the girlfriend who supported him before he was famous on how she reacted to his success, and if he ever said thank you.
- His suicide is told as a title card at the end of the documentary with no commentary from Love or his family
Review: Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck does an excellent job showcasing Kurt Cobain’s talent and creativity, but ultimately misses out on getting key information from important people in his life. Simple questions such as if he seeked mental help once he was able to afford it after his success; how soon after Frances was born did he get back on heroin; did Courtney think he would ever go through with killing himself are not asked nor shown.
Rating = C