This disappointing biopic of Jimi Hendrix is hobbled from the start: the Hendrix estate didn’t allow writer-director John Ridley to use any of the 1960s rock legend’s original music in Jimi: All Is by My Side. Given this handicap, American rapper André Benjamin (aka André B of hip-hop duo Outkast) does a fair job of conveying Hendrix’s languid charisma and grace in a film whose focus is the star’s early rise to fame after moving from New York to London in 1966 and his relationships with two Englishwomen who played key roles in his life, posh model Linda Keith (Imogen Poot) and his hairdresser girlfriend Kathy Etchingham (Hayley Atwell). But the soapy drama concocted by Ridley (Oscar-winning writer of 12 Years a Slave) remains about as convincing as the troop of rock look-alikes (Clapton, Richards, Harrison, et al) who file past at intervals.
Certificate 15. Runtime 118 mins. Director John Ridley.
Available on DVD & Blu-ray from Curzon Film World.
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