There are many things that make up a legend, most of which are rooted in truth and accomplishment, while others require a certain amount of suspension of disbelief for the legend to become narrative. It is with this in mind that I approach the much anticipated directorial debut of Don Cheadle - Miles Ahead.
Jimi: All is By My Side offers a snapshot of the singer's journey from Harlem to the heights of fame on the other side of the pond. Interestingly, however, the film was shot in Dublin, which acts as a stand-in for the swinging 60's in London -- a fact that thrilled the film's Dublin-based Costume Designer Leonie Prendergast.
It is surely irresponsible to insert significant, fictitious incidents into movies marketed as true stories. Besides which, James Brown's life story was about as dramatic as they come. If you can't turn that into a compelling movie without inventing non-existent shotgun fire, nobody's life story is safe.