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All is By my Side lacks the actual look in Hendrix’s musical genius and the lower budget sucks in not having actual rights to the songs. Andre 3000 still lifts the film well on his shoulders as the late guitarist
The credits on RT are a bit off as of Feb 2018. Hayley Atwell played Kathy Etchingham. Imogen Poots played Linda Keith.
THis is a strange fish. It covers the period from Hendrix being an unknown sideman to the eve of topping the bill at Monterey, but it does so without any of his own songs because his estate had a hissy fit.
THat rather pulls the rug from under its feet, mainly leaving rather generic blues jamming and little other music.
Well acted, yes indeed, but a lot seems to have been left in the editing room judging from references to people not in the film at
This movie looks and sounds great, but it presents Hendrix and his three girlfriends all as total losers. Linda Keith is a loser because she takes her anger at being seen only as Keith Richards' girlfriend out on an innocent stranger who only wanted her autograph; Kathy Etchingham is a loser because she steals Jimi from Linda; Jimi is worse, because he lets her, and doesn't show a lick of gratitude, remembrance, or anything else towards Linda, without whom he would never have made it beyond Harlem clubs; and Ida might be worst of all, because she leads Kathy on to trust her, then turns Jimi against Kathy so she can have him herself. It's no easy task to make Jimi look anything but cool. Or is it? He's still caught in the macho trap, assaulting Kathy and accusing her of "disrespecting" him. It's hard not to, after watching this movie. He's incapable of saying "sorry" or "thank you," and he's self-absorbed, slightly dimwitted, and lacking character. Damn him, he may have had the talent, but he didn't really deserve his success--at least, not according to this movie. I'm still mad. Now that I think about it, most of his lyrics in the book Cherokee Mist are self-aggrandizing. He had a huge ego. But he wasn't without feeling. When Linda tells him she loves him, it gives him pause.
Minus the Hendrix classics it's at a disadvantage to begin with, but nonetheless a great performance by Benjamin and well worth seeing.
Jimi popped. This movie did not.
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It's a shame that this movie is a giant mess. There were very questionable choices made in editing, sound and shot composition. If it wasn't for Andre Benjamin's fantastic performance, this movie would slide to the bottom of the heap. Benjamin is that good! I've seen a lot of Hendrix footage, and Benjamin gets all his nuances down beautifully. His performance is almost reason enough to watch this jumbled mess of a film...almost.
The actors work at it and almost succeed in making this better.
Yet another icon done a great disservice by a bad film.