Kurt Cobain: About A Son
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Based on more than 25 hours of previously unheard audiotaped interviews conducted with Cobain by music journalist Michael Azerrad for his book Come As You Are: The Story of Nirvana. In the film, Kurt Cobain recounts his own life - from his childhood and adolescence to his days of musical discovery and later dealings with explosive fame - and offers often piercing insights into his life, music, and times. The conversations heard in the film have never before been made public and they reveal a highly personal portrait of an artist much discussed but not particularly well understood.
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This is a very interesting documental if you if you like to get to knoe your idols deeply.
You wont see any image that's actually related to Kurt, though. You get to hear the result of many interviews to kurt, either in person, or by phone, all made by the same man. Meanwhile, you'll see some random images of the places and cities mentioned, and the faces of some people that live there. That's it. It might get a bit dull, specially if you're not used to documentaries.
As a nirvana fan, i totally recomend it. You'll get to know the background of Kurt, how he was raised, his ideas for the band, and for himself, how he felt about his surroundings, etc.
The interviews are from the last year of his life.
In my opinion, this is for hardcore fans and/or people really interested on music (music geeks or something like that). I think it might not work for you if you're not in one of those categories. This is voice recording footage, not the actual interview video. What you see are images of the places Kurt mentions during the interview.
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Instead, "About a Son" takes you through the Pacific Northwest, tastefully focusing on images that trace the words in Kurt's interview. I was very taken by the seamless "being there" feel of this film, as though the narration was in real-time with what was being shown visually.
All-in-all "About a Son" was highly-creative in combining fact with visual interpretation - and in doing so among the best "rockumentaries" I've watched. It is an interpretation of images, selected to match what Kurt was saying. You had a feel for him as a child and teen, his core family and the disintegration of it, for the deprivation he lived through, for the music he listened to, a discussion about babies and bottles, and some saddening foreshadowing of his suicide a year after the interview.
Would this movie stand on its own without knowledge and/or a fondness for Kurt Cobain and his music? Actually, I believe it would be interesting in and of itself - even if you had never known of Kurt - or never heard Nirvana's music. It is a warm yet subtle film about an interesting and likeable guy, whose immense creativity and drive sprang from humble and confining surroundings. Kurt would have liked "About a Son" for not being banal and obvious. The power is in its simplicity.
I just bought the DVD and I'm anxiously looking forward to another viewing on a smaller screen. Oh - also an interesting soundtrack works wonders without incorporating Nirvana's songs. My son and I waited to listen to Nirvana on the way home.