Miles Ahead

Miles Ahead

(2015)

Don Cheadle leads his own directorial feature debut, a dramatic biography of jazz legend Miles Davis. Co-stars Ewan McGregor.... More

"[A] portrait of Davis, refracted through his crazy days in the late '70s. Holed up in his Manhattan apartment, wracked with pain from a variety of ailments and sweating for the next check from his record company, dodging sycophants and industry executives, he is haunted by memories of old glories and humiliations and of his years with his great love Frances Taylor (Emayatzy Corinealdi). Every second of Cheadle's cinematic mosaic is passionately engaged with its subject." (New York Film Festival)Hide

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  • Cheadle’s got the cred, and the period evocation is tremendous. It’s just that I’m not sure he has all that much to say. Full Review

  • In Cheadle's fully inhabited characterization, he nails the subject's soft, nicotine-scratched rasp and his eccentric irritability and paranoia with discerning understatement. Full Review

  • A biopic that rejects typical genre conventions to the point of chasing itself down lame, tangential paths. Full Review

  • Cheadle, in his feature directorial debut, controls the tone like a veteran. Full Review

  • Cheadle is so good as the cryptic Davis that you wonder if a more traditionally structured biojazz picture à la Ray or Bird might have been a better showcase for what's obviously a passion project. Full Review

  • A largely inventive and energetic portrayal of a past-their-prime music legend that’s let down by its unnecessary trad biopic beats. Full Review

  • Cheadle privileges the music in a way that shows his love and admiration for its creator. He has tried to make a movie that Davis would have liked, something with attitude and intelligence. On that level, Miles Ahead is a beautiful thing. Full Review

  • Like the improvised nature of jazz, Don Cheadle's biopic about Miles Davis brings a syncopated view on the legendary musician and trumpet player's life as it scats around his turbulent life. Full Review

  • A movie that's often as sharp as you'd hope, yet whose weirdly off-key centre stands out like an uncharacteristic cracked note in an otherwise controlled, expressive solo. Full Review

  • Cheadle's performance ... stands tall in all of this, even when the plot contrivances start to pile up like so much disposable material. Full Review

  • Purists may howl, but they'll also miss the pleasure and point of this playfully impressionistic movie. Full Review

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