“Kurt Cobain Montage of Heck” really is a montage of heck. I’m watching it now and I’m confused as to why there’s all this pointless animation? Apparently there was a large storage space filled with tapes and video of Kurt, Courtney, Nirvana, etc. so why can’t we see more of it? Why are we shown all this After Effects animation of doodles? Ok, I’m assuming they’re Kurt’s doodles, although that’s not entirely clear, but the guy was known for his music not his doodles. Yes it’s interesting that he doodled so much, but wow it’s like 85% of this stupid documentary so far. See, I already know the words to the song Rape Me so seeing those words animated on white lined paper isn’t very interesting. I hope this thing turns around and gets back to its actual subject matter, because this documentary feels a lot like a very long and very bad music video.
Why all the 1950’s and 1960’s stock footage? It made sense at the top to set the stage/mood for when Kurt’s parents met and then raised Kurt, but there’s no reason why it needs to continue.
And what about Dave Grohl? Did he refuse to participate? So far there’s no interview with him.
The thing is I really liked “The Kid Stays in the Picture”. That is an awesome documentary! But with Robert Evans’ story there was no storage space filled with audio tapes, videos, photpgraphs, etc. so Brett Morgen had to rely on animation to tell that story. But it ain’t working for Kurt’s story. I want to see more of the video, photos, and audio and a lot less of Kurt’s journals animated on screen.
And Morgen just missed an obvious follow up question with Courtney when she said she once nearly cheated on Kurt. He didn’t ask, “with whom?” That’s like a DOC101 mistake.
Alright, back to the film …
Ok it just wrapped up. I liked it and I am glad I watched it. But I did not love it. I was expecting and really hoping for something more in depth, and yes even more voyeuristic. Instead we got something like an SVA student’s After Effects comp. (A very talented student, ok sure.) No interview with Dave or Pat Smear. Oh well! But it was so much better than Nick Broomfield’s “Kurt and Courtney”, which is perhaps the worst documentary ever made.
With its limited theatrical release HBO is clearly thinking this is Oscar material.