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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,…
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…
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…
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.
André Benjamin (AKA André 3000) from OutKast does an uncanny job of channeling Jimi Hendrix in this narrowly focused biopic. Because of problems obtaining rights to Hendrix's music, the film only covers the year or so period from 1966 to 1967, starting when Hendrix (going under the name Jimi James) was an unknown back-up guitarist in New York, through his relocation to swinging London where he formed the Jimi Hendrix Experience, and up to the invitation to perform at the seminal rock concert "Monterey Pop" (where, incidentally, I happened to have watched him play in person and was blown away by this previously unknown genius.)
The film could have used more of Hendrix's music, especially his vocals. Instead it concentrated…
Sin los derechos de la musica de Jumi Hendrix, mejor no la hubieran hecho
It's a great performance but man the Keith Richard scene alone is terrible. Uneven but fleetingly enjoyable.
Pretty crazy that the movie was able to secure the rights to use songs from The Beatles, but none of Hendrix's original compositions.
Not having any rights to Hendrix's catalog doesn't necessarily hinder the film in anyway. The directors intent is to limit the focus to the years Jimi Hendrix was struggling in New York clubs before finding his way in 60s Swinging London and the two major events that made him a legend before the release of Are You Experienced?: His performance of Sgt. Pepper in front of McCartney and Harrison just days after its release at the Saville Theatre and his burning guitar show at the Monterey Pop Festival. (The movie only shows the former which Andre Benjamin…
This movie is full of lies. I urge you not to see it.
Η ζωη και η καριέρα του Jimi Hendrix στο διάστημα 1966-1967 αποτυπωνεται στην ταινία "all is by my side". Μοναδικός (και ιδιαίτερος) ως καλλιτέχνης αλλά και ως προσωπικότητα, ο Jimi χάραξε τη δική του πορεία στο μουσικό στερέωμα με έναν χαρακτήρα, που με έκανε να σκεφτώ κατά τη διάρκεια της προβολής, ότι ήταν πολύ πολύ τυχερός που γνώρισε τόση επιτυχία. Ο André Benjamin πείθει ως χαλαρός και άνετος Jimi που χωρίς άγχος και αγωνία για το αν θα πετύχει όλα όσα ήθελαν οι άλλοι γι αυτόν, προχωρούσε φιλοσοφώντας τα παντα.
Η Hayley Atwell μας δίνει μια ανέμελη, δυναμική αλλα και εύθραυστη συνάμα Kathy Etchingham, που ερωτεύεται τον Jimi και ουσιαστικά χαμηλώνει τους τόνους της για να μπορούν να συνυπάρξουν αρμονικά…
Jimi: AIBMS is trying so hard not to be a conventional biopic and for all the right reasons that it can't help but be at odds with the needs of narrative exposition. It had the sense of wanting to capture the free wheeling musical impulses and loose approach to life that Jimi Hendrix (or at least his legend) embodied, and often succeeds in doing so, but then seems haltered by scenes of heroic approbation or vilification that we've seen in so many other musical biopics, from Ray, to Walk The Line or more recently Get On Up. I'm not sure they can be avoided without reverting to pure expressionism or indulgently self gratifying storytelling such as in Todd Haynes wildly…
Major problem I have with this film is that it doesn't start anywhere specific. It ends and begins on the same interview which is hardly a thesis for the film. Sorry that sounds douchey. It doesn't stop at the end of his life, which I was looking forward to.
As far as we get is just before he plays at Monterrey, the infamous show that probably made him famous in the states.
Say what you want in between. There is no clear story line to me, just highlights and famous moments of his career.
one scene to represent this:
Nice style and try's to do something different to the usual biopic....Andre 3000 does a convincing Jimi as well.
Didn't get rights to Hendrix's songs which is a bit annoying....thought they could've gotten away with using his cover songs but I guess not.
List of feature length films at Melbourne International Film Festival 2014.
Screening 31 July to 17 August.
FYI: Last year…