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Rock out to the trailer for Jimi: All Is By My Side starring Andre Benjamin

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The life of Jimi Hendrix is worth telling on the big screen and yet we have only a TV movie to date about the short life of one of the greatest guitar players of all time. When news first came out that 12 YEARS A SLAVE writer John Ridley would be helming JIMI: ALL IS BY MY SIDE starring Andre Benjamin as Hendrix, my curiosity was piqued. But, when the Hendrix family refused to allow any of the late musician's music to be in the film, my interest waned.

Now we have a look at the trailer for JIMI: ALL IS BY MY SIDE and while there is no iconic Hendrix music in the trailer, it looks a lot better than I anticipated. Set in the period of time before Hendrix became famous, JIMI: ALL IS BY MY SIDE looks like an interesting portrait of the time Hendrix spent in England before he became the icon he was about to be.

OutKasts Andr 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 Hendrixs life from 1966-67 as an unknown backup guitarist playing New Yorks Cheetah Club to making his mark in Londons 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.

This movie represents John Ridley's first feature directorial job after writing the movies U-TURN, UNDERCOVER BROTHER, THREE KINGS, and RED TAILS. He won the Oscar earlier this year for 12 YEARS A SLAVE which will definitely help this movie get the boost for more people to see it. Hayley Atwell and Imogen Poots look perfect for the swinging 1960s in London. Andre Benjamin is a question mark, though. While he has acted before, here he seems to be trying very hard to seem like Jimi Hendrix rather than embodying him which can often undermine a project like this. Here's hoping the full performance is better than the trailer lets on.

JIMI: ALL IS BY MY SIDE will hit theaters on September 26, 2014.

Extra Tidbit: I think I will enjoy Anthony Mackie's take on Hendrix more.
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8:20AM on 07/04/2014
The Hendrix family is really upset that this film was ever made. They are saying that they were never consulted and that nothing in this movie reflects what happened. But part of me wonders, are they only upset because they aren't seeing any money from this?
I dunno...I was excited at first now I'm probably going to wait to see it for free/cheap...
The Hendrix family is really upset that this film was ever made. They are saying that they were never consulted and that nothing in this movie reflects what happened. But part of me wonders, are they only upset because they aren't seeing any money from this?
I dunno...I was excited at first now I'm probably going to wait to see it for free/cheap...
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5:01AM on 07/04/2014
Years before this project became real, I know the internet really wanted Andre Benjamin as Jimi. I think the voice is perfect. If we have any issue with Benjamin as Hendrix it's that I think because we don't associate him with acting an he's an insanely successful musical act in his own right, it's difficult for people to separate the fact that it's Andre Benjamin pretending to be Jimi Hendrix, as opposed to an actor pretending to be a musician, or anybody really. We accept actors in roles
Years before this project became real, I know the internet really wanted Andre Benjamin as Jimi. I think the voice is perfect. If we have any issue with Benjamin as Hendrix it's that I think because we don't associate him with acting an he's an insanely successful musical act in his own right, it's difficult for people to separate the fact that it's Andre Benjamin pretending to be Jimi Hendrix, as opposed to an actor pretending to be a musician, or anybody really. We accept actors in roles because that's the only thing we ever must accept from them. I think it looks like a great performance and an interesting angle on Hendrix's story.
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