So it’s finally here, the trailer for the Jimi Hendrix biopic All Is By My Side directed by Academy Award Winning screenwriter John Ridley (12 Years a Slave). If you remember, we posted a scene from this movie featuring Andre (Hendrix) and Imogen Poots (Linda Keith) and it was fabulous, but then this trailer hits and I have mixed emotions. Not because it doesn’t look good, but the scene the director chose to leak to the fans had a level of intimacy that I feel the trailer looses. This trailer looks like every other movie about a late musician and that bothers me. Not so much that I wont see the film, but enough to give me pause.
Another reason why I might be feeling this way is because the film couldn’t secure rights to Jimi’s catalog. So the film is basically filled with covers and what not. It’s frustrating when you consider how long so many of use have waited for a legitimate Jimi movie and now we have one with a good writer/director and great cast and BAM…no Hey Joe, no All Along the Watchtower. You feel me?
OutKast’s André Benjamin stars as Jimi Hendrix in this revealing biopic from Academy Award-winning writer-director John Ridley (12 Years A Slave). Covering a year in Hendrix’s life from 1966-67 as an unknown backup guitarist playing New York’s Cheetah Club to making his mark in London’s music scene up until his Monterey Pop triumph, the film presents an intimate portrait of the sensitive young musician on the verge of becoming a rock legend.