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Kurt Cobain About a Son

AKA Kurt Cobain: About a Son

Director:
AJ Schnack

Cast:
Kurt Cobain – Narrator
Michael Azerrad – Conversation Participant (Uncredited)
Courtney Love – Conversation Participant (Uncredited)

Executive Producer:
Ravi Anne

Co-Producers:
Michael Azerrad
Chris Green

Producer:
Noah Khoshbin

Country:
USA

Language:
English

Release Date:
Canada – 10 September 2006 (Toronto International Film Festival)
USA – 23 March 2007 (Cleveland International Film Festival)
USA – 20 April 2007 (Newport Beach Film Festival)
USA – 3 October 2007
Canada – 3 January 2008 (Pacific Cinémathèque Pacifique)
Finland – 19 September 2008 (Helsinki International Film Festival)
Denmark – 8 November 2008 (CPHDOX Festival)
France – 26 November 2008

Ratings:
USA: Not Rated
Australia: MA
France: U
UK: 15
IMDb: 7.2/10
Metacritic: 69/70
Netflix: 3.3/5
Rotten Tomatoes: 74% (Fresh)

Kurt Cobain About a Son is an unconventional documentary about the now legendary leader of the 90s rock band Nirvana. What makes it so different from most docs is that it only features Kurt Cobain’s voice in interviews, the visuals are mostly film of Cobain’s childhood haunts in Washington (beautifully photographed by the unfortunately named Wyatt Troll). We don’t even see photographs or video of Cobain or the rest of the band until the very end. There is no narrator, no talking heads, only Cobain’s voice with the occasional question by the interviewer, and once Cobain’s wife Courtney Love can be heard asking Kurt to bring something upstairs for the baby.

The interviews were all conducted by writer Michael Azerrad for his book Come as You Are: The Story of Nirvana. A year after they finished the interviews, Cobain killed himself.

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 21 years since most of us first heard of Nirvana with the song “Smells Like Teen Spirit” from Nevermind. Like most rock fans, I was blown away by the song, and I particularly appreciated it when I found out that it was influenced by my favorite band, Pixies, but I never became a real fan of Cobain or Nirvana. I appreciated what they were doing, like you appreciate and admire The Beatles or Mozart, but I never cared for them as much as I liked other bands of the so-called grunge era like Pearl Jam and Soundgarden. Even as I write that I can hear the angry villagers approaching with pitchforks and torches.

Maybe I was influenced by all the bad publicity Cobain and Love got. Especially Courtney Love, she was (and remains) a hot mess and was portrayed as Kurt Cobain’s Yoko Ono (except that Courtney Love actually has talent).

So, I think how you react to this doc will largely depend on how much of a fan you are. If, like me, you’re appreciative but otherwise on the “meh” side, it probably won’t do much for you. If you’re a big fan, then it’s one for your collection.

The Misplaced Boy MST3K Scale:

The movie is well made and it kept my interest, I’m going with…

Nanites

Random Quote Whore Quote:

Kurt Cobain About a Son is a raising, comic, dramatist of a movie! Kurt Cobain is acoustical!!!

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