Jimi: All Is By My Side | Microblog
Is it possible to make a biopic about Jimi Hendrix without actually having any of his music in it?
Yes, yes it is.
John Ridley’s 2013 film about Jimi contains music from Bob Dylan, Cream, and The Beatles. Yet nothing from Jimi Hendrix (The Jimi Hendrix Experience). In fact the only song we hear Jimi (Andre 3000) play form beginning to end is the opening track to The Beatles ‘Sergeant Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band’ album.
Okay, some of you might think that you can make a film about Jimi without any of the music, and you’d be right, to a point, but when the film is set from 1967 to 1968, being discovered by Chaz Chandler, the forming of the band, ‘Experience’, and the recording of the first record, ‘Are You Experienced’, which we don’t even see the cover of let alone hear, and ending as he lands in San Francisco to start a US tour we could argue that the film is heavily about the music. Yet none of it appears.
To me it seems to focus on a few points of life from start to finish, and not really in a coherent way. I found it dull and a little to contrived. Just about the only great thing about this film was casting Andre 3000 as Hendrix.