Montage of Heck stuns not so much for its intimate, yet all-encompassing portrait of Cobain (which it surely is) as it does for its phenomenal production as a deep and dark stream of consciousness essay of a troubled mind. This brilliantly assembled film is a masterwork in editing as director Brett Morgen edits a wealth of material along with editor Joe Beshenkovsky. The film assembles fragments of Cobain's life--archival interviews, home movies, concert footage, audio recordings, and collected writing--and splices it together with interviews with Cobain's family members and close friends along with--and this element is the film’s greatest strike--animated interpretations that reconstruct Cobain's life and disturbed psychology.
Rating: ★★★★½ (out of ★★★★★)
*Note: Montage of Heck returns to the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema from May 15 to 21.
It opens in Ottawa at The Mayfair on June 14.
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