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Jimi: All Is by My Side
A drama based on Jimi Hendrix's pre-fame years.
The problems facing John Ridley's mini biog on Jimi Hendrix put in place by the deceased musicians notoriously difficult estate, may have proven to be a blessing disguise. Without permission to use any of classic songs that helped create his legend, the focus is moved to the year leading up to his appearance at the Monterey Festival.
We join him in the small back room clubs of New York as a session player watched by Keith Richard's girlfriend Linda Keith. As we learn, she played an early role in connecting him with manager Chas Chandler, ex-bassist of The Animals. From there he heads to London to make his name before the opportunity to play in Monterey arises (alongside The Who,…
If nothing else, Jimi: All Is By My Side is convincing proof that the world would be better if every biopic were made without the endorsement of its subjects or their estates. Denied the rights to Jimi Hendrix’s songs and recordings, 12 Years A Slave/Undercover Brother screenwriter John Ridley had no choice but to limit his approach to the iconic musician. Rather than making a traditional biopic—tracing Hendrix’s life from his Seattle childhood to his sudden death in London at age 27 (finishing with a title card before the end credits about how his picture is on the dorm wall of every college R.A. in America)—Ridley was legally compelled to try a different tack. The linear slipstream of a film…
When pops took me to buy my first guitar (an ordinary instrument that played the chords pretty alright for its price), two hundred years ago, this is what he said to me: 'Buddy, treat this as all you have or you'll spend the rest of your life pushing paper.' Well, I did not end up pushing paper but that's what I did for a good fourteen years and I was pretty awesome at it until one day I couldn't do it anymore (living out of a back-pack, presenting, training, developing projects, streamlining structures, manipulating hedge funds, partaking of futile - to me - conversations, crude oil market speculation, the marriage, the credit cards, the mortgage et al.) and quit only…
Excuse me while I diss this guy (John Ridley).
Andre Benjamin was the right guy to play Hendrix. The film is clearly a passion project. But the Hendrix estate blocking the use of Hendrix's music totally fucked this film's opportunities to be THE definitive Hendrix film. The made up tunes still sound great but not being able to hear Hey Joe, Purple Haze, All Along the Watchtower or, come on man! Little Wing?! Goddamn! Every rock group's music of that era is featured in the film except Jimi's. The fuckin estate must've asked for the fucking sky for the right to use the music! Still, I liked it.
I loved the meandering structure. It gives the film a loose feel that threatens to fly apart, but somehow never does. Like a Hendrix solo.
André Benjamin is pretty incredible. He's the reason to watch this.
Some of the dialogue, however, is distractingly clunky.
Is actually not that bad, Andre 3000 is fine, but a Jimi Hendrix biopic without Jimi's music...
Are you fucking kidding me?
Superb biopic expertly acted by Andre Benjamin as Jimi Hendrix in his early days as a black musician being taken to England for the first time by former Animals member Chas Chandler. The atmosphere is brilliantly captured by director John Ridley who manages to put the viewer in the time capsule that was London in 1966. Imogen Poots plays Keith Richards' ex girlfriend with style as persuading Hendrix to be himself as we watch the beginnings of the Jimi Hendrix Experience finally bare its' sole and leave an eternal legacy.
Jimi Hendrix should be a intriguing subject for a biopic, but this film is listless...plodding along without so much as a shred of the energy Hendrix would put forth in his performances.
Det har taget mig lang tid at se denne film, mest fordi jeg har været bange for at denne (utroligt nok) første film om guitarlegenden Jimi Hendrix, ikke kunne udfylde de store forventninger, og det kan den desværre heller ikke.
For det første er det en kæmpe hæmsko for filmen at intet af Jimi´s musik måtte blive brugt, det føles på en måde mærkeligt og forkert. For det andet er filmen så mærkeligt sat sammen (der bliver f.eks. hele tiden klippet til scener, situationer og karakterer man hverken bliver, eller kommer til at blive, introduceret i) at selv en garvet Jimi Hendrix historiker ville blive lost. Og for det tredje er den rent ud sagt en smule kedelig. Alle de…
i enjoyed it. it ended super weirdly and abrupt. i thought they were gonna end with the start of his monterey performance since it felt like half the movie's dialouge was about it but they decided to... not do that.
hayley atwell was killer in this.
No real story, awkwardly paced, and the lack of any Hendrix songs really hurt the film
Really great bio pic of a great musician. If you're Jimi's fan you won't be upset.
Intriguing and balanced with superb performances (you will start to forget you are watching somebody 'act' as Jimi) but a warning to Hendrix fans - this isn't worship material. If you're like me you'll finish the movie feeling that all the platitudes and titles of 'greatest guitarist in history' are validated. You'll also feel that he was a frustrating, constantly high, hypocritical hippy (who also happens to be violent when drunk). A bit of research confirms most of these points to be true.
Some fancy editing does help elevate this biopic above its contemporaries as do the performances (especially the 2 females leads) so worth a look if you don't mind your heroes unpleasantly humanized.
The ending seems abrupt but on reading further on the history of Jimi's career it was actually the perfect jumping off point for this film.
So what do I watch next? This is to take the place of the sadly too brief Netflix Random Button…