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Miles Ahead

 

Original title: Miles Ahead
Year: 2015
Running Time: 100 min.
Country: United States United States
Director: Don Cheadle
Screenwriter: Steven Baigelman, Don Cheadle
Music: Herbie Hancock
Cinematography: Roberto Schaefer
Cast: Don Cheadle, Ewan McGregor, Michael Stuhlbarg, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Lakeith Lee Stanfield, Morgan Wolk, Austin Lyon: Producer
Bifrost Pictures / Crescendo Productions / Naked City Films
Genre: Drama | Biography. Music. 1970s. 1980s
Synopsis / Plot: An exploration of the life and music of legend jazz musician Miles Davis.

 

Critics' Reviews

  • "A wild, and wildly uneven, free-form investigation of Davis’ turbulent personal and professional life that’s bolstered by an outsized lead performance" 
  • "It's freeform riffs on highs and lows from the musician's life are a fine example of structure emulating the ever-evolving style of an artist defined by his unrelenting experimentation" 
  • "Erratic, unpredictable and constantly intriguing, 'Miles Ahead' plays more like one of Davis' compositions than a traditional biopic (...) an intermittently enjoyable and wacky farce" 
  • "Like 'Born To Be Blue', 'Miles Ahead' is allergic to all things biopic (...) It's a near miss, but you can't help applauding the passion behind it (...) Rating: ★★½ (out of four)" 
  • "'Miles Ahead' is well-intentioned and ambitious, but ultimately uneven, as it cannot redefine the structures its so desperately wants to break down" 
  • "Purists may howl, but they'll also miss the pleasure and point of this playfully impressionistic movie." 
  • "Don Cheadle gives one of the best performances of his career as jazz legend Miles Davis in Miles Ahead, even if his debut as a director ends up being an unfocused disappointment (...) Rating: ★★½ (out of four)"