Last Days

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Gus Van Sant’s Last Days is a film about the death of Kurt Cobain. While the name of the main character has been changed from Kurt to Blake and the setting of the suicide changed from a greenhouse in Seattle to a greenhouse in upstate New York, there’s no mistaking this film is the product of Van Sant’s imagination pursuing the final, lonely moments of the great ’90s icon. Rock biopic fans seeking a traditionally gratifying plot should run as fast as they can from this movie and see Rock Star or Sid and Nancy instead; Gus Van Sant’s methodology is all about the slow, oppressive creep of time.

One shot lingers excruciatingly long on some random foliage outside Blake’s (Michael Pitt, The Dreamers) mansion. In another, he makes cereal. Then he sits on a bench for awhile. Or mumbles dialogue to a Yellow Pages ad salesman played by a real-life Yellow Pages ad salesman. Or gradually collapses while watching a Boyz 2 Men video. Meanwhile, Blake’s parasitical hangers-on are slightly more animated, occupying his chilly house and clearly on their way to becoming as existentially destitute as he.

Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon appears, pretty much reprising an interventionist role she must have played with the real-life Cobain, but this rock star is far beyond rescuing from the brink. Later, when Blake ventures into town to see a punk show, he is cornered by an acquaintance played by Harmony Korine, who tells him a hilarious story about playing Dungeons and Dragons with Jerry Garcia. Where the accumulation of small moments like these don’t add up to much drama, they create a pervading sense of dread and sad inevitability. In his life, Cobain railed against all that was phony and hyped; by crafting a visual poem resolutely defiant of rock star spectacle, Van Sant honors the late singer as sincerely as he can, by keeping it real.

Last Days, 7.7 out of 10 based on 38 ratings

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  • http://www.jpxdvd.com Madelene Bona

    It´s sad that todays process movies preoccupied the movies had in days. Although it´s fun to bang ultra postgraduate tech , I avoid the categorize that movies were prefabricated confirm then

  • claire

    one of my favourite movies of all time. A masterpiece.

  • Chesterette

    Not. A. Documentary.

  • Mrs B2u77

    I liked this movie even though we know what happens at the end. I was and I am still very much a fan of Kurt Cobain. The world lost a huge talent the day he died. He is very missed by myself and every fan and loved one.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QEE5GQMXDNSTZXPOGOTSQKAQ2E dj

    Damn this was boring.  Cobain was just another junkie who thought that because he was rich and a lot of people blew smoke up his bum that he could escape the effects of drugs and a stupid lifestyle. His death was a pity, but no more than any other young guy who cooked his head.

    • http://www.facebook.com/alexandralaurenbriggs Allie Briggs

      you’re an idiot. You think one documentary explains who he was? This is boring as shit. It make Kurt Cobain seems like he’s retarded.

    • http://www.facebook.com/alexandralaurenbriggs Allie Briggs

      you’re an idiot. You think one documentary explains who he was? This is boring as shit. It make Kurt Cobain seems like he’s retarded.

    • http://www.facebook.com/alexandralaurenbriggs Allie Briggs

      you’re an idiot. You think one documentary explains who he was? This is boring as shit. It make Kurt Cobain seems like he’s retarded.

  • Jenna2692

    i thought this was horrible. he was clearly a left handed guitar player but yet they showed him otherwise. they did make him out to be completely retarded. i never really cared for Nirvana’s music, but i think this was just horrible.

  • Minotaur69

    Weird and Disturbing, What a fucked up film man, a very bad and inaccurate approach to what really happened, a really sad reality of what drugs can do to a persons life and totally destroy dreams and lives as a whole.

  • Minotaur69

    Weird and Disturbing, What a fucked up film man, a very bad and inaccurate approach to what really happened, a really sad reality of what drugs can do to a persons life and totally destroy dreams and lives as a whole.

  • Muz White

    piece of shit put together ( except k.cobain)

  • Dolina_

    I did not enjoy this Doc on Kurt Cobains so called finally days, his music how ever
    I think and feel today is ahead of his time, I think when he sought after a different
    sound he hit upon a time ahead of his own , I think he lived to close to the bone of his short life….this Doc was bleak, barren and devoid of his true depth.

  • Amaya Lawliet

    I don’t even get who those two guys and two girls are supposed to be…
    Just random 4 people who all sleep with each other? Apparently…

  • Everett

    This is an accurate depiction of the “out of it” aspect of Cobain’s level of drug abuse.

    It’s disturbing when fan(atics) choose not to see the bad with the good. Cobain was a wonder-full, wonder-full talent and a very decent person, but he had a profoundly serious and devastating drug addiction.

    I prefer to see him as a real and flawed individual. It makes me like him all the more.

  • I am Alfie

    This film isn’t supposed to accurately depict Kurt Cobain’s last days, just as the events in Gus Van Sant’s movies “Elephant” and “Gerry” aren’t supposed to accurately depict the Columbine shootings or the death of David Coughlin, it’s supposed to be a separate story, with characters and events loosely based on real life. Knowing this, and taking it as more of a homage to Kurt Cobain instead of a documentary, or even taking Kurt out of the picture and seeing it as a story of a tortured musician, it’s a masterpiece.

  • ukdeedee

    we just have to just remember kurt for the way he was and as a fan i think he was great talented and gorgous drugs can mess your head iam an ex herion addict i think kurt mabe had moe poblems thn he let on or mabe not all is as it seems this film is quit slow and could ave been made better know one realy knows what happend but me i believe kurt did not kill hiself i never will