Miles Ahead

Miles Ahead

By Don Cheadle

  • Genre: Special Interest
  • Release Date: 2016-04-01
  • Advisory Rating: R
  • Runtime: 1h 40min
  • Director: Don Cheadle
  • Production Company: Bifrost Pictures
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • iTunes Price: USD 12.99
  • iTunes Rent Price: USD 3.99
6.5/10
6.5
From 173 Ratings

Description

Miles Ahead is a wildly entertaining exploration of one of 20th century music's creative geniuses, Miles Davis, featuring a career defining performance by Oscar® nominee Don Cheadle in the title role. In the midst of a prolific career at the forefront of modern jazz, Miles Davis (Cheadle) virtually disappears from public view for a period of five years in the late 1970s, his musical voice stifled and numbed by drugs and pain medications. Dave Braden (Ewan McGregor), a wily music reporter, forces his way into Davis' life and, over the next couple of days, the two men unwittingly embark on a wild and sometimes harrowing adventure to recover a stolen tape of the musician's latest compositions. Plagued by years of regret and loss, Davis flirts with annihilation until he once again finds salvation in his art.

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  • Great role for Cheadle, inane plot

    2
    By Surfsea7
    Miles Davis was a great....well, you and I know he was a great jazz musician but Miles Ahead documents that he was also a fabulous addict as well. Isn't that a fine subject to make a tribute movie about? No doubt it was an ego trip for Cheadle to act in this movie. He plays the role very well, hence two stars. This is one of those movies that the actor gets to "sink his teeth into" but it leaves the viewer with little but that Miles Davis was an addict and Mikes Davis was so much more than that.
  • Not reflective of the gravity of the Miles Davis Legacy

    3
    By gitarsky
    This was well acted, well shot , lit and recorded. It had good costumes and continuity. As far as the story goes its a flop. The more you know about the history of Jazz and Black American Music and African American culture the less you will like this bit of entertainment. The profundity of the Miles Davis Legacy goes entirely unreflected by this some what pittiful money grab. Its a drag that this is all that the talent involved was able to achieve with the money spent. Truly disapointing . You have to see it if your a fan but you will be left wondering why this weak thing was made. Close to being utterly flatulent . Check what Dick Gregory has to say about this flick. You have been warned.
  • Entertaining Shot of Miles!

    5
    By macktan
    This is the 2nd time I’ve seen this film, and loved it both times. It’s not a convention biopic in that it gives us Miles at a really low point in his life and frequently flashes back to connect him to Miles on the rise. The man was so complicated, I’m not sure whether it’s possible to convey his entire life in a 2 hr film, but Cheadle succeeds in giving us a hefty slice that satisfies. No way Ian McGregor belonged in this film, but they made it work and it was very funny.
  • Disenchanted

    1
    By Berkeley Rooster
    I wasn't feeling "the reason and the rhyme" of the story, so, I turned it off after about 10 minutes of viewing. However, it might be a good story to other people.
  • Well done.

    5
    By forwhomthejethrotulls
    This is one of the better music biopics I've seen. This is a difficult genre to get right and Cheadle & co really pulled it off.
  • Great Movie

    5
    By Live Gemini
    I absolutely loved this movie. Don Cheadle really embraced the essence of Miles Davis.

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