jimi 2It has been a while since the last time I did a Based On A Truesday Story (play on the words true and Tuesday) film for all of you and for years I have been waiting for this film to come out. I had heard for years that there was going to be a film on the legendary Jimi Hendrix and that Andre Benjamin (Outkast) was going to play him in the film. Well in 2013, they released the biopic Jimi: All Is By My Side which showcases the years from the day he was discovered by Linda Keith (Imogen Poots) who was Keith Richards (Ashley Charles) girlfriend, in a club in New York to his time in London where he cut his teeth with the Experience. It also touches heavily on the subject of his relationship with Kathy Etchingham (Hayley Atwell) which was both hot and controversial as well. The film also stars Andrew Buckley (Skeletons) as Chas Chandler of The Animals who went on to manage Jimi, Robbie Jarvis (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix) as Andrew Loog Oldham, Burn Gorman (The Dark Knight Rises) as Michael Jeffery, Danny McColgan (Deadbook) as Eric Clapton, Oliver Bennett as Noel Redding, Tom Dunlea as Mitch Mitchell, Ger Duffy (Love/Hate) as Paul McCartney, and the film was written and directed by John Ridley (Undercover Brother). 

jimiKathy Etchingham whose relationship with Jimi Hendrix the film was primarily based off of has said the depiction of the film was “absolute nonsense” and she even had a quote on Jimi. The quote read, “I want him to be remembered for what he was – not this tragic figure he has been turned into by nit-pickers and people who used to stalk us and collect photographs and ‘evidence’ of what we were doing on a certain day. He could be grumpy, and he could be terrible in the studio, getting exactly what he wanted – but he was fun, he was charming. I want people to remember the man I knew.” The one problem that I have with the film is that for the whole entire film, you do not get to see Jimi Hendrix sing, it’s as if he is an instrumentalist. The only time you actually get to see him play and sing is a cover of a Beatles song towards the end of the film. That was kind of an aggravating thing for me during the film. Otherwise, I thought the film was kind of good insight into how things happened and we get to see what Jimi was like and let me say that Miss Hayley Atwell looked absolutely fabulous in the film. One thing that they claim int he film is that Eric Clapton bitched out of jamming with Jimi when he saw how good he was. How much of any of this is 100% true, I do not exactly know hence the reason they say Based On A True Story and why my post is called Based On A Truesday Story. I definitely suggest checking it out to see what influenced Jimi and the various interactions he had plus Andre Benjamin does a phenomenal job acting wise. I am going to give the film a B+ for a final grade only because of the singing issue I had.

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