In Miles Ahead we find Don Cheadle as an artist with a vision and, much like Miles’ undying compositions, it is erratic, chaotic and utterly absorbing. Pouring all life into this performance, Cheadle soars in front of the camera. Behind it too. It's a passion project and we feel it in every frame... the riffs, the pulse, the vibrations... we feel Miles Davis and everything he represented.
Much better than you might imagine. Cheadle's energy and passion are radiant and his portrayal of Miles Davis is rooted in an intense understanding of every facet of Miles' persona (most importantly, the sense of mystery he worked hard to curate). It all goes together like sex, drugs, and jazz. Bellissimo.
Cheadle gives a towering performance as Miles Davis but as a director, despite a cool aesthetic and editing technique, loses the film in an unfocused script. The music of course is magnificent throughout but the supporting players are no more than cyphers excepting Corinealdi who makes a strong impression.
Don Cheadle works around-the-clock like a renaissance man, painting a vivid, if disorganized, picture of a musical legend that had the music build him up, corrupt him, and eventually build him up again. A solid passion project that, even through narrative cohesion issues - mainly because it operates on a "cause and effect relationship" kind of structure - manages to be both compelling and intimate.
The film is very amusing. Incredible acting work by Don Cheadle and not disappointing for his first film as a director. It's not a particularly good or loyal biography, nevertheless it is original and the editing is remarkable. It is worth watching whether you're a jazz fan or not.
In this rollercoaster ride of a "bio-pic".Don Cheadle is outstanding as the enigmatic and dangerous to know Miles Davis.Mainly set in the 5 missing years of the 1970's,when he vanished from the music scene.Cheadle as director, pulls off a double flashback,in order to show the rise,fall and resurrection of the genius that was Miles Davis.With the coolest soundtrack around,its a must see and hear!
Don Cheadle's works in here are sadly underrated. It may not be perfect, the ending was a bit blurred and disappointing, but the you can certainly feel the chaotic, yet contained, switching tones in the entire film.
Finally a movie, that doesn't strictly follow the life of a musician, but on the contrary - it dismisses the reality. And this is to admire (especially in the context of "Nina" and "Born to be blue") since here we see interpretation, imagination, freedom, things that are milestones for all kind of arts and more importantly are part of Miles Davis' personality. Great comics-like visuals.