Our latest Watch Dog tackles Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, a documentary film about… you guessed it, Kurt Cobain. Directed by Brett Morgen, the film pieces together the tormented life of the Nirvana frontman, from his birth and childhood all the way to his death in 1994.
While many documentaries use the typical “birth to death” biographical format, Montage of Heck elevates it via rare home movies, recordings, journals, artwork, photography, and even animation. This is the first documentary work about Kurt Cobain to receive approval from his estate, which is why the film is able to dive so deep into the full archives.
What’s the word from critics? They’re falling all over it.
With a current Rotten Tomatoes rating of 97%, the film is being hailed as an intimate, searing, and definitive portrait of Cobain and his troubled rise to fame and the subsequent aftermath. And with all of the rare archival footage, demos, art, poems, and more, it’s guaranteed to be a treat for any and all Nirvana fans. If you’re anything like me and can’t wait to catch this one (or you rather just stay in with another good flick), here are five music documentaries similar to Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck.
The film is currently in limited release and will be available through HBO starting on May 4.
|Don’t Look Back (directed by D. A. Pennebaker, 1967)|
|Imagine: John Lennon (directed by Andrew Solt, 1988)|
|The Devil & Daniel Johnston (directed by Jeff Feuerzeig, 2005)|
|Searching for Sugar Man (directed by Malik Bendjelloul, 2012)|
|Gimme Shelter (directed by Albert & David Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin, 1970)|