Jimi: All Is by My Side (2013)
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Ridley doesn't treat Hendrix as a bio-pic enigma to be explained but simply as an instinctual artist, for better and for worse. The only mystery that remains is where the music came from.
Intimate take on a slice of Hendrix's life is more convincing than many full-blown biopics.
This is a movie made not with obligatory biopic beats but with verve and freedom, and offhand, I can't think of a better way to honor the genius of Hendrix
...a Hendrix movie without the full Hendrix story, seminal Hendrix songs, all in a portrait of a man that doesn't really feel like Hendrix at all.
The lack of original Hendrix music is a serious hindrance, but director John Ridley is far less interested in any onstage displays of flamboyance than more fraught fragments that point to the artist's inner turmoils and frustrations.
The film's limitations play to its advantage, since Ridley eschews the usual biopic approach, instead taking a snapshot of 12 crucial months in the musician's life, three years before his death.
Those looking for a nuts-and-bolts biography of Jimi Hendrix will be disappointed. Those wanting something richer and more challenging may well be rewarded.
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