A drama based on Jimi Hendrix's pre-fame years.
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).
Too much philosophical mumbo jumbo, not enough music.
Too much relationship woos, not enough rise to fame.
Too much side under developed characters, not enough background for Jimi.
And I guess they couldn't get the rights to Jimi's music because none of the hits are there. Only bluesy intros and solos.
Basically a complete waste of time.
Too bad because Andre looks and talks exactly like what I always imagined Jimi would have been like.
This terrible biopic of Jimi Hendrix is completely aimless and shoddily directed and filmed. It doesn't give you any idea of the man at all, or what he wanted to achieve, or not even what he could do. The acting is silly, and to add insult to injury, the editing is unconventionally chopped up, jumbled and pointlessly distracted for no apparent reason. It couldn't even give me a good hold of the character in a linear fashion, it was tough to get a sense of what exactly was going on and why, so I think you have to go into this already a diehard Hendrix fan to even be able to sort out what the hell is happening in the movie besides a bunch of "totally groovy 60's montages", and that's never a good sign. Avoid it altogether.
Fuck that guitar miming.
I've watched this film a terrifying amount of times, regardless of the fact that the Hendrix estate didn't allow the use of literally ANY of Jimi's songs that weren't already public domain. That said, some of the guitar solos are WAVY and dope and crazy (btw: disregard the requiem)
I still think this is one of the best biopics of all time because it 100% nails what it feels like to be a socially and musically dominant musician in a fresh ecosystem-- calm, aloof and indifferent VIBRANCY, with beautiful women every which way.
Hey man I expected more songs and Woodstock.
just OK bio-pic
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how u gonna have a hendrix movie with no hendrix music
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