Cobain: Montage of Heck Review


Montage of Heck a documentary that was a decade in the making which exposures the raw nature of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain.

The documentary takes a wonderful approach in telling it’s stories by blending on-camera interviews with family and friends, various animated diary entries and drawings, home movies and wonderfully vivid animations to try to piece together the workings of Kurts mind and mentality over the years, a subject that is the main focus of this documentary rather than the generic rise to fame story or the evolution of Nirvana story.

What I find rather sad is that the film portrays Kurt as some kind of crazed lunatic, whilst this may of been the case on one of his many crazy trips it all seems a little one sided, most of his source material / audio recordings he is obviously on some drug trip,  everyone has their problems and his battle with drug addiction was made very clear throughout the documentary, but some of the things shown seem to be from very troubled times in Kurt’s life, I believe there was a certain bias in how he was portrayed throughout the entire documentary, maybe this was a constant thing throughout Kurt’s life but it was still incredibly addictive to watch with source material bringing you as close as you possible can get to understanding how his mind worked.


A man who’s mind contained many various outlooks on the world, who hated being ridiculed and someone who just wanted to be different and to stand out, a rebellious persona and a lyrical genius, who wrote all of his emotions and troubles into his music and projected that to a worldwide fanbase.

Various attempted suicides and crazed rants within recordings and diary passages show Kurt to be generally a very unhappy person, but this documentary doesn’t hold back in portraying his many problems.

The documentary takes a softer tone for the second half concentrates solely on Kurt’s relationship with Courney Love and the upbringing of their child Francis Bean with many private home recordings previewed giving us a true insight into the Cobain household, with some scenes making me feel rather uncomfatable, one scene in particular of Courtney pregnant and seemingly high on drugs showing no concern for her unborn child, their dependency on drugs vividly apparant throughout.

Funnily enough his band mates Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl are hardly shown which to me felt rather strange, it was solely a focus on Kurts downfall as you will rather than concentrated on his success.


The film ends by portraying Cobain’s first suicide attempt in Rome as an act of love rather than his depressive mental state at the time that the rest of the documentary seemed to show from start to finish.

It all felt rather depressing as we are shown a darker world of this tragic Rock n Roll story with no one holding back any punches. Even thou  the vibe to the whole thing felt rather bias it didn’t shine enough light on the good side of Kurt Cobain with the only segments of heart warming moments that included home made footage of him spending time with his daughter and his diary extracts of his growth into fatherhood.

A tragic story shown in the most tragic of ways, a beautiful documentary that is so raw and capitivating that you just cannot look away.

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