Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck (2015) Review – Better to Burn Out Than Fade Away


When you think about people who artistically transformed music whilst paving the way for the future music and providing a strong foundation of music theory with nothing but sheer enthusiasm for the craft. Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck revisits the life and legacy of Kurt Cobain, in a magnificent way, that hasn’t been achieved earlier.

In the wintry weather of Aberdeen a small town in the state of Washington a game-changing musician was born, Kurt Donald Cobain. The antics of this individual gave rise to an unprecedented approach to Rock and Roll and this documentary walks you through the unseen footage of his life with people close to him making revelations which were bizarre and astonishing.

The cinematography of Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck is a beautiful blend of real life footage with animation so subtle that the montage is a real dive into the state of trance achieved by Kurt Cobain.

Who is Kurt Cobain?

If you don’t know who this guy is aware that he is one of the best musicians to ever grace the culture, the lead of Nirvana Kurt Cobain.The troublesome surfing from relatives to relatives for a rooftop was the everyday plight of the genius. The divorce of his parents made him extremely introverted and his escape was nothing but music with a tinge of weed which slowly graduated to higher and harder drugs as his music broke charts.

Seeking peace in love he found Courtney who later became his spouse and it seemed like for a brief period his pain was shrouded but his life was always plagued with problems after problems as he became a hot topic for the media and his personal issues began to surface.

Drugs and Cobain

People who are reading and think that fame comes at no cost have to understand that being a rock-star has a price of its own, which takes a toll on your life. The constant intrusion of the media and with the success the media went haywire and began to write anything in order to gain traction about Nirvana and specifically Kurt Cobain. This made him extremely helpless and his drug abuse intensified in order to cope up with the constant media revelations. Kurt died of shooting himself with a shotgun to his mouth while high on speed ball (heroin and cocaine). The question arises was the pain so excruciating that a point blank shot was an easier choice for him?

Media Instigated Suicide?

The song ‘Rape Me’ used in Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck exclusively shows how Kurt felt about the intrusion of his personal space and portrayal by the media. This raises a question if the pressure that was on the lead of Nirvana singer was due to his personal issues or the constant media and paparazzi which didn’t even let Kurt call his children “crack-baby“.

The reality will remain a mystery but Kurt Cobain joined the 27 club alongside the other amazing musical talents that died too early. If Kurt Cobain was alive today he would have been a Johnny Cash kinda artist writing and performing for his craft and nothing but it.

Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck is streaming on Hulu.

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Shreshtha Shukla
Shreshtha Shukla
"Thou art the suffering from which unwarranted melancholia emerges" Shreshtha Shukla is a writer, teacher, and a film enthusiast.

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