The late, unwilled propagation continues. For all the earnest desire to offer a complicated picture of Kurt Cobain (and his plagued yet lucky life), A.J. Schnack's Kurt Cobain About a Son is gorgeous to look at but staid in tone; a valiant attempt to imagine filmmaking as a compiling of artifacts that falls short of piquant despite underplaying the poignant notes of Cobain's story.
The film traces a relatively traditional narrative of Cobain's life from his childhood in Aberdeen, Washington (near the coast of the Pacific, in the south of the state), up through Olympia (the "hippie" capital) to Seattle ("where the action was") in three movements. Instead of talking heads, the film employs interviews Michael Azzerad taped with the singer to prepare his book, "Come As You Are: The Story of Nirvana," as guides through the images, denying the audience Cobain's face for most of the film.
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