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Per IMDb: “Tom Grant, a private investigator once hired by Courtney Love, reveals his take on the death of Kurt Cobain.”
So, my first marriage happened on April 9, 1994. I didn’t know that Kurt Cobain had passed away. I didn’t care that he had (once I found out), on two levels: I couldn’t stand him because he “single-handedly killed my music;” I had a honeymoon to get to. Turns out it was suicide, which I also have a hard time with and which had led to a few disagreements with my current wife, The BCPF. So, on top of all that, I had a real hard time giving two piles of dung about it or him.
As I stated at the end of last year, as I was doing the Rolling Stone Top 500 Albums of All Time, I have had a total turn around about his music and really, about him, as well. “My music” was at its end anyway and as a matter of fact, I think he wrote pretty good music when I let the biased haze fade away. So, back to the suicide thing…
Conspiracy theories were everywhere within months of his passing. His psycho biatch of a soon-to-be-ex-wife had him murdered, a friend had killed him, the list goes on. I won’t begin to say that this film cleared anything up. If anything it adds more questions, but it does raise some eyebrows in the case of Courtney’s actions and reactions and the same for their friend Dylan Carlson. The godmother of Love and Cobain’s daughter, Francis Bean, their entertainment attorney, Rosemary Carroll, was helpful until she realized that Tom Grant, the private investigator who was hired by Love to find Kurt, was finding things that he was going to go public with. She didn’t want anything to do with the situation after that.
Supposedly the police ruled it a suicide, never (until three months after this was filmed) developed the pictures taken at the crime scene and dropped the ball on a lot of things in the investigation. Tom Grant, whose own investigations is the basis of the docudrama, and Benjamin Statler, who directed the film never actually accuse anyone of anything, but they do try to make a case to reopen the files and reexamine the entire situation. A few of the “experts” in the film were upset with it because it portrays them as supporting that it was anything other than suicide. Some agreed and some didn’t.
I have to say, that to me, outside of when you actually hear Courtney’s and others’ voices on recordings that Grant made, the portrayals are a bit slanted and seem forced and pushed, both for entertainment value and in pushing their view. After all, it is their film and it is their view. I’m just not sure I’m buying it, at least not all the way. Do I think he killed himself? I think it’s probable. Do I think he was murdered? I think it’s plausible. Either way, a music icon is gone and we’re not bringing him back.
One thing I found fascinating is the amount of heroin they say they found in his system in the toxicology report. I don’t know the amount right off hand but if he had had that much, it would have rendered even the most serious heroin junkie unconscious before he ever had the time to pull the trigger. Also, the location of the empty shotgun shell in perspective of the way the gun was held, is darn-near impossible. Love was in a position to lose a lot of money if the divorce had happened due to a prenuptial agreement. With him dying before that had a chance to happen, well she still gets royalties from his music, today. She was pretty shady before they found the body. The list goes on and on and that makes for a strong case to perhaps reopen the case.
Rotten Tomatoes rates it only 30% Rotten but the audience score was 76%. That’s a vast difference. IMDb has it at 7.5 stars out of 10. That’s right on the money with the audience from Rotten Tomatoes. I saw this film on Netflix and it played at a/perture cinema for a bit when it came out in 2015. I liked the film but didn’t think it really answered anything and was more conjecture, with a bit of theatrics and slant, than anything. I thought it was good food for thought. I rate the film 3.75 out of 5. Incidentally, I have had this on my list for about a year. I decided to watch it this morning and had totally forgotten that this weekend (the day you read this, probably) April 8, is the 23rd anniversary of his death (at least when they found him). It was coincidental. Have you seen it? What did you think? What would you like to read/hear me review?
Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
“If you want to get away with murder. You kill a junkie.” – Max Wallace