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‘Jimi: All Is By My Side’ evokes London in the ’60s

A capsule review of “Jimi: All Is By My Side,” which opens the 2014 Seattle International Film Festival on May 15. The movie is based on an eventful year in Jimi Hendrix’s life.


Seattle Times movie critic

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Movie Review 3 stars

Focusing on an early year in Jimi Hendrix’s too-brief career, John Ridley’s film doesn’t have the artist’s original music, but it brims over with a sense of time and place: 1960s mod London, where young Jimmy James (André Benjamin) became Jimi Hendrix. (We don’t see any of his early life in Seattle; just a brief, shimmering glimpse of our city during a phone call home, and a funny moment in which Hendrix explains to a Brit that Seattle is “north of California.”) At times “Jimi: All Is By My Side” feels more like a series of conversations than a coherent tale, but many of those moments are as compelling as the vibrant jangle of colors and patterns around them. It’s a mood piece, not a biopic, and it works on its own terms. 7 p.m. Thursday, McCaw Hall.

Moira Macdonald: 206-464-2725 or mmacdonald@seattletimes.com



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