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…
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Totally unofficial. No Hendrix music, even his Fender guitars were clones (slightly different headstock, no logo). Funnily, at one point our Jimi plays a Gibson Flying V and I'm pretty sure this was the real thing. It's nice to see that old rivalry is still going strong. Loved the editing.
Not bad at all.
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.
The casting director did a phenomenal job on this film - it's more of an indie production, but what they managed to do was tell a story that isn't talked about often, one that is largely due to Keith Richards' girlfriend
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A fine "based on a true story" film about rock guitar virtuoso Jimi Hendrix in the few years before he really hit the big time. He's played here by amazing look-alike André Benjamin (also known as André 3000 from the group Outkast), who sings all the songs by Hendix in the film, but all the guitar parts are played by famous session musician Waddy Wachtel. Still, Benjamin fakes it really well. Yes, this covers Hendrix as a music phenomenon but it's mainly about his life, his loves, and how he looked at the world. He is portrayed as an initially shy fellow who has a relationship (we're not told exactly what kind) with Linda Keith (played nicely by the fine,…
What I don’t get about Jimi was: without the music rights or an apparent interest in the facts, why even make the movie about Hendrix? Maybe a more obviously fictionalized story about an expat ascendant musician would’ve worked. Even better if the story was more compelling or the protagonist was more charismatic. But, as you said. It’s opening night, which is always hit or miss, and griping about the film made for good gala fodder.
A stylistically interesting if over reaching of the directors talents, take on a biopic.
Love Jimi. Love Andre. At times I thought I was watching a documentary- For some reason I felt it falling a little short- lacks a meatier plot? Maybe because it's too real? But I'd see it again!
André 3000 is underrated as an actor and really carries this film by completely embodying Hendrix. The lack of actual Hendrix music certainly hinders the experience but probably goes unnoticed from the seamless editing if you're not a Hendrix fan.
2 days ago I had a dream and in it I was a director and my first film was a biopic about Jimi Hendrix. In it I casted Andre Bamjamin as Hendrix. Today I learned that there has actually been a biopic about Jimi Hendrix starring Andre Benjamin. Coincidence? I think not! Honestly though pretty spooky.
Was initially excited to see this film because Andre 3000 was playing Hendrix, avoided it after hearing they couldn't get licensing rights from the Hendrix estate. Andre is fantastic but the elephant in the room is unavoidable, a film about Jimi Hendrix when he is just starting out with Experience without the music leaves an unavoidable hole.
I thought John Ridley’s “Jimi: All Is by My Side” was a far better than most people thought during its release. I thought the cast was pretty great, including André (ICE COLD!) Benjamin (ALRIGHT! ALRIGHT! ALRIGHT! ALRIGHT! ALRIGHT!). I get it, there is no Hendrix music in the film, but Ridley does an admirable job in getting around that obvious flaw by giving us a portrait of what Hendrix’s early career and life could have been life. You forget about the rock star and focus on the man.