Soaked in Bleach movie full length review - Myth-busting and Important!
Rating - *****
As a Nirvana fangirl of long-standing, I certainly shed tears on the day he died. I was horrified that someone who seemed to view the world in just the same way that I did was unable to hack it! In no way did I judge him ? plenty did, but the ones who did clearly don't understand despair?lucky them?
Anyway, I accepted the official account of his death for many years. After all, this was a heroin addict who was likely married to a bona fide sociopath! Although he loved his daughter and this love was obvious in every photograph of the two of them, I knew that Kurt was a depressive sort and sometimes, depression trumps everything else in life. I didn't view his suicide as cowardice.
At some point, I got a copy of Love & Death: The Murder of Kurt Cobain and I read it from cover to cover. It was interesting in that it shed light on Courtney Love's activities on the days leading up to Kurt's death. While I never pictured her as the loving wife, I did not realize that she was actively scheming in the days before his suicide. Scheming is really the only appropriate word for what was happening.
After Love & Death, I still had questions and some of these questions remain in my mind. For example, if Kurt bought the shotgun and shells, how did Courtney and Cali know about it, if (as many believe), they planned his death?
Did they find the shotgun in his closet? Did they wait for him to buy the shells himself?
This was my main qualm. He bought the gun of his volition, with Dylan, and then he bought the shells. He chose to do that and I'm wondering how they knew about the gun. That's my big question?
Perhaps this question has already been answered and I missed the response, somehow. Anyway?
On the flip side, certain other aspects of the case seemed to point directly to Courtney's involvement, including the practice handwriting sheet in her backpack, the fact that she lied about contact with Kurt to the P.I. (Tom Grant), whom she hired in order to help her find her missing husband, the fact that she led Grant on a wild goose chase by telling him that Kurt, who was missing, only stayed in the best hotels, when he preferred ratholes which were perhaps redolent of down-and-dirty Aberdeen?
So, I would weigh the evidence quite a lot and I must say that the fact that Kurt's credit card was used after his death was something that made me very uneasy. I was startled that the Seattle PD wouldn't consider this a sign of foul play, as I did.
I don't think they did a very good investigation, period.
Soaked in Bleach is a documentary which details Tom Grant's experiences while employed as Courtney Love's personal private investigator. It includes authentic phone calls between Grant and key players, including Courtney Love and lawyer Rosemary Carroll. In particular, I give great weight to Carroll's gut feelings about the case. She is someone who is trained to think critically and she knew Kurt and Courtney very well. I find it hard to dismiss her initial feelings about what was happening. I think her views were probably one hundred percent accurate.
I don't want to write an endless review here. In the end, I think that since the gun is melted down (by Courtney), the greenhouse was torn down (by Courtney) and Kurt Cobain was cremated (Courtney arranged this), that evidence will never surface which is sufficient to punish someone for his alleged murder. It's unfortunate that a proper investigation wasn't carried out. It was a terrible oversight and shameful.
The value of Soaked in Bleach, in my opinion, is its capacity to puncture the many myths that Courtney Love has created in order to bolster her own image. The phone calls and dramatic re-enactments in Soaked in Bleach are absolutely sufficient to demonstrate that this woman had pronounced disdain for her own husband and hid facts which might have allowed Grant to find him sooner. So, from that standpoint, it's extremely important.
I view Soaked in Bleach as an antidote to decades of shameless propaganda and revisionist history from Love, and for that reason, I applaud Tom Grant and all others who gave this documentary life. My gut feeling is that certain people are capable of anything, due to their own sociopathic natures, and I feel that Courtney Love is a sociopath. However, that's just my opinion. I have to say that Courtney Love is very talented in her own right. However, manipulation seems to be an obsession of hers and there is much evidence to back this up?
Great documentary, please check it out!