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Jimi Hendrix - Jimi: All Is By My Side by John Ridley

Album Review

Baffling biopic with a solid central performance and... well, not much else.

Inconvenient things, facts... and tricky things, biopics. The real lives of real people, no matter how spectacular and eventful, do not always conform either to the specific structural demands of cinematic storytelling nor those of documentary realism. And when your subject is an artist whose work is off-limits to the filmmakers because the owners of the intellectual property do not wish to co-operate with the movie – none of Jimi Hendrix’s own playing is heard here, and neither are any of his own compositions – the stars that play with those particular dice may well find the cosmic odds tilted against them.

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