Truth in perspective department: everything I know about Nirvana I learned from Weird Al Yankovic. And I was well past the disaffected-youth stage when the band got big. So, not a fan, and I didn’t much enjoy this epic-length biopic, especially the second half, dominated by Courtney friggin’ Love. But that’s just me.
Cinematically speaking, however, few rock docs come close to the artistry displayed here. Given access to Cobain’s vast store of home movies, notes, art, animations, and music, director Brett Morgen (“curator” is a better word) has pulled off an unprecedented film-editing tour de force. Brilliant. (145 min)