Royale Watkins gives a charismatic, sexy and endearing performance as Jimi Hendrix in this wryly comic, sweet-natured reverse-Don’tLook Backremembrance of a trip to Swinging London by California postersthe Turtles in 1967, at the height of their “Happy Together”/”She’d Rather Be With Me" fame.
On their arrival, the night beforeSgt. Pepperis released, wide-eyed Turtles singer Howard Kaylan (a very effective Justin Henry, child star ofKramer vs. Kramer)meets the Beatles, Graham Nash, Donovan, Brian Jones and Hendrix at a nightclub. More fan than rock star, chubby and poorly dressed and not especially hip, Kaylan is both an outsider and – because he has a pop hit – an insider in this rarified world.
John Lennon (Brian Groh) is drunk and cruel, Jones (Jay Michael Ferguson) proves a gentlemanly fan of Southern California pop, Hendrix – not yet known in the U.S. – imparts wisdom during an alcohol-fueled dinner.
Made in 2003 on a restrictive budget by Bill Fishman(Tapeheads), with a screenplay by Kaylan that relies too heavily on narration, it transcends its limitations and feels real because of superb casting and acting.It casts a spell.
Special features:Commentary by Kaylan and producer Harold Bronson, short film about the Turtles’ British trip.