Movie Review – Miles Ahead
Don Cheadle, Ewan McGregor
As much as I’ve heard that Miles Davis was a musical genius, Jazz is an art form that I haven’t had much experience with, despite my best friend consistently telling me for years to listen to the “Bitches Brew” album.
This is a story about Miles Davis, a genius jazz musician who was in a big battle with drug addiction and his own personal success. This movie plays with time and story structure in an extremely loose way. You can never tell which time period we’re going to be looking at in his life, so it does require a little extra focus.
The way that Don Cheadle performs as Miles Davis makes me believe that Miles was always the coolest guy in the room, no matter where he was. You can tell this was a passion project for Cheadle and he really gives a performance that is flat out amazing here. Ewan McGregor is equally entertaining as the wingman/quasi-villain of the piece, equal parts slime ball and partner in crime.
Of course, one of the main story points here is his relationship with the woman of his life, Francis Taylor, played by the beautiful Emayatzy Corinealdi. She’s the strong force of nature that he first loves, then later becomes overly obsessed with, as the decent into drugs take control.
I do feel this movie is more of a jazzy, artistic impression of a few chapters of Miles Davis’ life, rather than a true to fact biopic. It’s a fascinating look at the craft of creating art, the music industry, and also works as a musician’s comeback story, and all done in bold storytelling fashion.
Great performances, great music, and enough cinematic energy to not be boring, I liked this movie.