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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…
I don't know what to make of this. The film itself is slow but at times also very interesting. The lack of music both helps and harms the film. The editing and sound design are distracting and off putting but at other times it's also unique and they made for some decent scenes. Andre 3000 was great but the other characters felt thin and weren't really all that memorable. Mitch Mitchell is one of my favorite drummers so I was anticipating his arrival in the film but he's just kind of there because he was part of the band and needs to be. The same goes for Noel Redding too. The film doesn't do all that much with Jimi's relationships…
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.
Excuse me while I diss this guy (John Ridley).
how u gonna have a hendrix movie with no hendrix music
Didn't exactly blow my crocs off.
It's just colors. That's it. The rest is just painted with a little science fiction here and there.
brilliant actors, more so in the likeness of Jimi but I feel it was overly dramatised and you lose sight of what it is actually meant to be about.
Lamentablemente se repite la historia de las peliculas de hendrix. Son todas malas.
Con una ediciòn extraña y desarticulada, descompone de un modo muy raro, y por momentos arbitrario, la historia de Jeme.
Se puede destacar la actriz que interpreta a Linda Keith, pero en el marco de una pelicula tan desorganizada importa poco.
Una lástima, será la próxima.
Using a meandering structure in a way that actually works with the story being told, Jimi: All Is by My Side may not be the most accurate to real history biopic, but it still makes for a solid directorial debut from 12 Years a Slave writer John Ridley, featuring a wonderful performance from Andre Benjamin as Jimi Hendrix.
This shitty movie has so little confidence in itself that the screenwriter doesn't trust himself to introduce characters without freezing the frame and writing their names right next to the faces of the actors playing them.
It's mostly pretty standard filmmaking, but every once in a while there are these small but satisfying eccentric stylistic choices. Some parts where the sound design is fresh, and where the imagery and editing weirdly defies the overall pacing of the film. I just wish there was more of it.
I wish they utilised the whole colour schlock more. They get Andre to ramble on about colours over and over, yet they don't take advantage of this fantastic opportunity to give the film itself a whole lot of colours. There are some, but they are pretty predictable because it's mostly seen in clubs.
Jimi allegedly wanted to paint the streets with colours, so why didn't the filmmakers do exactly that? They could have done a lot more here.
Pretty boring biopic with no original songs but the medley at the end was fun and I like Andre 3000.
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