Type: Documentary (Netflix)
Release Date: 2015
Director: Benjamin Statler
Duration: 1 hr 29 mins
My Rating: 9/10
Overview: Kurt Cobain was a musical and cultural icon and revolutionized the art of music. Like several other icons, he died when he was 27 years old.
Without a complete investigation, Kurt's death was ruled a suicide, however, Soaked in Bleach reveals the facts of the case and what the Seattle Police Department got wrong
What I loved: I was hesitant to watch another documentary about Kurt after Montage of Heck, which I found to be truly disappointing, but Soaked in Bleach is phenomenal and very eye-opening.
The documentary is led by Tom Grant, the private investigator Courtney Love had originally hired when Kurt had apparently gone missing after leaving rehab.
Tom Grant provides his actual recordings with Courtney Love and other people including the Cobains' entertainment lawyer, Rosemary Caroll.
The doc provides dramatizations of the assumed events leading up to Kurt's death along with dramatizations of Tom meeting with Courtney Love, played by an actress, not the singer herself. Some of the scenes even use these recordings as the dialogue.
There are many experts interviewed for the documentary including forensic, linguistic and investigative professionals. There are also interviews with some of Kurt's former friends, neighbors and a bandmate.
The documentary is more about Kurt's death and the abysmal investigation than the events of his actual life.
There are many facts presented which will virtually prove Kurt did not kill himself and Courtney knows more than she has led on.
If you love Kurt and true crime, this one is a must-watch!
What I didn't: I believe this film was extremely well done and I don't have much to critique. Although Courtney was not involved, I would have been interested to know if she had made a statement regarding the documentary as it does not show in her a very positive light. Other than that, I had no additional complaints.