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Jimi: All Is By My Side Review

Exploring a year in the life of Jimi Hendrix just before he hit the public consciousness is a fascinating idea, but this biopic misses every opportunity to say something interesting. The filmmakers certainly invest this movie with plenty of stylish period detail trying to make up for the fact that they didn't secure the rights to use Hendrix's music. With a better sense of character or story, they might have got away with it. But this movie feels all wrong.

It opens in 1966, when Jimi (Andre Benjamin) is quietly working in a New York bar as a member of Curtis Knight and the Squires. One evening, he's spotted by Linda (Imogen Poots), Keith Richards' girlfriend, who thinks he should be a star. Linking him with manager Chas (Andrew Buckley), a former member of the Animals, Linda takes Jimi to London to record an album and build his reputation. Over the next year, Jimi hones his sound, puts together his band The Jimi Hendrix Experience and hooks up with local girl Kathy (Hayley Atwell). And it starts to work: the band breaks into the UK pop charts with a series of hit singles. On the other hand, across the Atlantic the Americans seem to be rather apathetic. And the organisers of the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival hesitate before inviting him to perform.

The rest is history. And it's not in this film. But then the story here centres on Hendrix's pre-fame year, which allows writer-turned-director John Ridley (12 Years a Slave) to dig further into the artist's motivations than most biopics do. Hendrix's stroke of genius was to fuse rock instruments with the blues, creating all new sounds with his guitar. But then these aren't in the film either. Instead there are just sound-alike tunes, plus one audacious performance on a London stage: singing Sgt Pepper just after it was released, with the Beatles in the audience. Whether it actually happened like this is anyone's guess; like much of the film, this scene feels mythical.

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Andre Benjamin is Effortlessly Cool as Jimi Hendrix in 'Jimi: All Is By My Side' [Trailer + Pictures]

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Andre Benjamin, better known by his Outkast pseudonym, Andre 3000, bleeds cool in the new trailer for ‘Jimi: All Is By My Side’ in which he plays the legendary musician before worldwide fame caught up with his awesome talent.

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The film sees Hendrix navigate London in 1966, a year fuelled by drugs, guitar music and national pride derived from England’s solitary World Cup win. We watch as he battles the cynicism of the music industry while simultaneously taking it by storm, and how his relationship with Kathy Etchingham (Imogen Poots) begins to fall apart as his star becomes known. 

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