Miles Ahead

Miles Ahead

DVD - 2016
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In the midst of a dazzling and prolific career at the forefront of modern jazz innovation, Miles Davis disappears from public view for a period of five years in the late 1970s. Alone and holed up in his home, he is beset by chronic pain from a deteriorating hip, his musical voice stifled and numbed by drugs and medications, and his mind haunted my unsettling ghosts from the past.
Publisher: Culver City, CA : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, 2016.
Edition: Widescreen ed.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 100 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.


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One of Don Cheadle's principal goals in making this movie, I think, is to introduce Millennials to Miles Davis' music. And in this I think he is successful. While criticisms of the film's historical accuracy might be on point, it is an entertaining picture. Ewan McGregor is good, and he's good with Cheadle. Mostly, though, this film is worth watching because it will make you want to go back and listen to the classic Columbia recordings from the late 1950s to the mid-1970s, which I did. I think if you can figure out what Miles Davis was up to from PORGY AND BESS and KIND OF BLUE (1959) through GET UP WITH IT (1974) , you can dissect the corpus of postwar American culture.

Sep 23, 2017

An odd, disturbing film; evidently Miles Davis is a standard black with little character and a penchant for wrongdoing. This is not what I call music. Pink Floyd is music!

Jul 03, 2017

Bizarre and terrible. A travesty.
A movie for people who don't know anything about Miles Davis.
They should love this movie if they liked Starsky and Hutch.
If you are familiar with Miles, if you've read his autobiography or any of the biographies, you'll hate it.
Very little fact, lots of fantastic fiction.
For some reason Don Cheadle learned trumpet in order to make this piece of crap. At least he had a good time making this.

If you already know a little bit about Miles Davis, this movie will make a lot more sense. Taken alone, it offers a look at a brief segment of his career. Not the most successful part of his career, but maybe the most interesting. At any rate, it is worth doing a bit more research on the man and his music if you want to really know Miles Davis.

Jun 23, 2017

This is a great movie about a man I knew nothing about, really. Don Cheadle did this movie very well, like art. It's a portrait of the music industry, of Don Cheadle and of course Miles Davis. Well done.

Apr 20, 2017

I understand and like Miles Davis better now that ive seen this movie. Good job Don Cheadle.

Apr 01, 2017

A film intuitive to the music.

Mar 19, 2017

Drugs and lies. Is that all?

SnoIsleLib_BrianH Mar 07, 2017

I took this one home to view with two thoughts in mind. One, to learn more about Miles Davis and his music. And two, hear a Grammy winning soundtrack recording. I'll keep looking for ways to learn more about Miles Davis and his music. This film gave me a glimpse into his character, I think. And I heard snippets of his music and saw moments of what he was like as a creative jazz (sorry Miles/Cheadles, it's jazz to me) genius. But it is really just a story based on Miles Davis' character. Nevertheless, I did enjoy the movie. It floats between drama/action/comedy as far as movie genres goes. The Cheadle/McGregor combo works for all three genres. The characters they play get involved in fist fights, shootouts, car chases, slapstick trading places behind locked doors and ultimate irony of chasing after what essentially turns out to be very little. The soundtrack does deserve the Grammy for being a very effective soundtrack to the movie with outstanding performances featured. It's one of those soundtracks best heard in conjunction with the movie.

Feb 24, 2017

A fairly average movie that doesn't really show or tell us who Miles Davis is and why we should care. Don Cheadle does a good job portraying the jazz player but not such a good job directing the movie that should have a decent pace and interesting story arc. You see that Cheadle is trying to avoid a cliched biopic movie about Davis but the problem is his change up with the story about his stolen sessions reel to reel tape doesn't really work well.

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