DVD Review: Cobain Montage Of Heck
Brett Morgen’s documentary about Kurt Cobain is a visual feast as well as a revealing look at the inspiration and fears that drove Cobain. Having full access to Cobain’s tapes, home movies, journals and art, most of which has never been seen before, Morgen could have produced a static tale of woe, with clinical shots of fear and despair.
But seeing Cobain’s life as frenetic, not static Morgen takes Cobain’s sketch books and brings them to life with simple animations, giving the viewer a most solid glimpse into the mind of this Rock legend. Infact, parts of the story are told through some amazing Waking Life style animation. If nothing else, Montage Of Heck is a visual and audio treat.
Morgen of course also talks to the people closest to Cobain, his mother Wendy O’Connor, his first girlfriend, his wife and his longtime friend and bandmate Krist Novoselic. Through the journals and films that Cobain left behind, along with these candid interviews Morgen shines a light on aspects of Cobain’s life that have been ignored, naimley his intense ambition to succeed and his huge fear of humiliation if he didn’t. A fear that began with his father but was cemented in school.
At the end of everything we emerge with a picture of Cobain as a driven, creative genius, with a sensitive but tortured soul.