Kurt Cobain: About a Son | Chicago Reader

Kurt Cobain: About a Son

Cobain was intelligent and observant, and there's a lot to be gleaned from the audio interviews with him, recorded a year before his death, that supply the backbone of this biographical documentary. Unfortunately director A.J. Schnack includes almost none of Cobain's gnawing, electrifying music and no images of him until the closing minutes, relying instead on songs he liked, static landscapes of the Washington towns he inhabited, and frontal close-ups of ordinary people who live there now. Only loosely connected to the story, the visuals quickly grow monotonous, and as the chronicle arrives at Cobain's late years of curdled fame and fortune, his bitterness and cynicism make even the narration hard to take. 97 min.

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