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2.9
212 Ratings

Miles Ahead

Directed by Don Cheadle
United States, 2015
Biography

Synopsis

Jazz legend Miles Davis attempts his comeback in the 1980s, as he reflects on his relationship with his first wife, Frances Taylor.

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Miles Ahead Directed by Don Cheadle
The decision to fixate on Miles’s “silent period,” roughly 1975 to ‘79, when he was strung-out and creatively and physically drained, and the choice to fashion a sort of madcap heist comedy out of it, are baffling. Miles’s theft of his own recordings from his label might be historically accurate, but the resultant car chases and undignified buffoonery are a jarring contrast with the few snippets of Cheadle as the dapper, more serious 1950s Miles.
January 16, 2017
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While Miles Ahead is set during the 1970s, its beautifully shot sequences take us back into the 1950s and ‘60s, to Miles’s princely elegance during his nightclub years, to the romance and chauvinism that marked his relationship with dancer Frances Taylor.
August 29, 2016
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The biopic genre has been mined so many times by lackluster filmmakers with no vision that Cheadle’s imperfect, elliptical mish mash feels slightly revolutionary. His nutty performance is equally riveting, a combination of grating insecurity and established bravado that hides a layer of longing underneath. Genius innovators like Davis can never truly be pegged, not by labels (music or otherwise), critics or films. Cheadle has come close to giving us a better understanding of why.
April 12, 2016
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