Montage of Heck: A Fans Review
The Initial Reaction of the Average Nirvana Fan
Montage of Heck is a rock documentary produced by Brett Morgan. When I heard about this movie I had some wild, mixed emotions, and upon watching the trailer I knew I had to watch it at least one time.
There was an interview done with Kurt Cobain's daughter, Frances Bean, by Rolling Stones Magazine. Frances served as an executive producer in the making of this film.
Frances discussed many different things in this brief interview. She also says she had very specific instructions on this film.
When Brett and I first met, I was very specific about what I wanted to see, how I wanted Kurt to be represented. I told him, "I don't want the mythology of Kurt or the romanticism."
'Montage of Heck' trailer
The Review Begins
The musical composition of this film was completely on point. Bravo! The slowed down, raw versions of Nirvana songs and the raw home footage of Kurt was really amazing.
This documentary is definitely worth watching. It is a great collaboration of home movies and a great insight the life of Kurt Cobain and the music he left behind. This documentary doesn't focus as much on his legacy left behind, but more about the story that he was making.
Kurt believed music came first lyrics came second. That's obviously mirrored through many songs. Most Nirvana songs don't put a lot of emphasis on the lyrics, but seem to focus more on the way the words sound with the music. This is shown pretty well in 'Montage of Heck'.
Young Kurt Cobain
Overall, this was a good documentary. I've read a few other opinions of the film. Buzz Osbourne. The founding member of The Melvins (one of Kurt's favorite bands suggested that it paints an unrealistic reality of his life. Osbourne stated in his interview done with Rolling Stones Magazine that "People need to understand that 90 percent of Montage of Heck is bullshit. Total bullshit,"
I have also written a review on the documentary Soaked in Bleach, which focused mainly on the circumstances surrounding the death of Kurt Cobain. Soaked in Bleach has scenes with several different people close to Kurt that said he is often portrayed at depressed and suicidal and several people featured in Soaked in Bleach claim this is a false depiction. Learn more about Soaked In Bleach by clicking here
So, even if you only watch Montage of Heck for this reason or that reason, or maybe no specific reason at all - at least watch it once..
It was nice to see a documentary that focused more on Kurt's life, more than his death. Kurt Cobain definitely let his impact on this world, and over 20 years after his death, we are still begging for more.