Jimi: All is by My Side

PLOT:

André Benjamin stars as Jimi Hendrix in this biopic that chronicles his rise to fame and the personal demons he battled along the way. Clips of the actual Hendrix punctuate the film as it explores little-known aspects of the troubled star’s life.

What people are saying:

“Andre Benjamin was the highlight of this biopic. His portrayal of Jimi Hendrix is great and I gotta say… I was suprised. Although after some research I would like to note that his domestic violence was supposedly fiction. I felt it was out of character but at the time I believed it. Haley Atwell and Imogen Poots were very good in their supporting role. The one major thing that was missing from this film wast his music. Really disappointed not to hear any of his popular music. *aside* from Wild thing. The editing also was quite confusing at times that either had me hoping for better. There was one time it felt like the cameraman was not on a tripod and was handheld. They went with a 70’s film type vibe which wasn’t bad. The entire movie though didn’t have much of a point. Unless they were trying to get the point across that Jimi just followed people that told him what to do all the time. Pass.” 2 stars

“Shame on Mr. Ridley for providing an inaccurate portrayal of one of the most iconic music stars. He made Jimi out to be a women abuser and often mean person. Supposedly this was added for “dramatic” purposes. This goes against biographies and hundreds of interviews of many people including his girlfriend! Mr. Ridley also unfortunately is adding to the racist myth that blacks are savage violent people. Jimi was by all accounts a genius driven, peaceful, shy, and way ahead of his time individual. The only reason for a half star is the acting was good, but could have been better with a true portrayal of a musical genius.” 1/2 star

“The positives: Andre Benjamin has Hendrix’s mannerisms down to a science. The supporting cast is very solid. The locations feel real.

The Negatives: Not a lot of focus on the actual music, too much focus on the relationships. It could’ve easily been an hour longer and covered more.

A pretty good attempt but somewhat underwhelming.” 3 stars

“A very well done biographical depiction of the beginnings of the legend that is Jimi Hendrix. Andre Benjamin does a stellar job portraying Hendrix to the point where you forget you are watching a film and almost video footage of him. It’s truly uncanny. Hayley Atwell, Imogen Poots and Andrew Buckley bring John Ridley’s screenplay to life brilliantly. The setting and props were amazing and really did feel like a genuine look into life in the 1960’s. Also it’s very interesting how legendary rock and rollers were tied into Jimi’s path to greatness. The only downside is that there are no original Hendrix tunes (although the music did capture the spirit and style that is Jimi) used in the film. I would really like to see a sequel that follows Jimi from Woodstock until the end of his life.” 4 1/2 stars

“I thought it was well done overall. However, throughout most (almost all) it felt like the film was wandering aimlessly. Usually a movie will take you on a ride or a journey, this one was a stroll around a block in London basically. There was also a lot of dialog without a lot to say, and there was not quite enough of Jimi’s iconic music. André Benjamin was fantastic and completely inhabited the role as well.” 3 stars

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