Morgen unspools Cobain's life at a frenetic pace. It feels like a glorified art project at times but there is energy and compassion for the subject no matter what may be said. What works most effectively is that this is an atypical documentary. It honours the mania that lurked within Cobain by mirroring it onscreen. Being given access to the innermost workings of his mind through his art, writing, recordings and even home movies never feels too invasive although the viewer may get the feeling they've walked in on something too serious to handle. Even the darkest of moments - Cobain's childhood of rejection, the critiques of his music or the press coverage of his drug usage and wife Courtney Love's influence over him - never make any hasty conclusions. Its merely all there for the witnessing.
The interviews Morgen conducts have an eerily prophetic quality to them. This may be the very nature of the documentary interview but here words resonate. Family members speak of Cobain's genius, of his isolation. Former band-mate Kris Novoselic talks of Cobain's rage over being publicly humiliated in criticism. Love talks about how infatuated and in love she was with him. These are memories that float like spectres throughout the documentary. It's the most beautiful form of nostalgia amidst a hurricane of grunge. What has been crafted is a memorial to a man. It is a demystification. With any luck, Morgen will be given his due credit for delivering to us - finally - a film that makes no judgements and takes no prisoners. Cobain: Montage of Heck is a blistering documentary and the only version of Cobain worth seeing.
Allie Gemmill | @alliegem