A somewhat erratic, non-traditional biopic of the legendary music maker, Miles Davis.
Miles Ahead is unquestionably a labour of love for Don Cheadle (Crash, Iron Man) – not only is he a superb lead, Cheadle also directed, produced and co-wrote the screenplay! And it plays some serious respect to the music – the soundtrack is totally sublime.
But, set in the 1970s when Davis had taken a five year hiatus from recording, a fictional interview with a Rolling Stone journalist (an unconvincing Ewan McGregor – Star Wars II & III) leading to a less-than-successful heist subplot results in an uneven, messy film. Occasional flashbacks adds substance and Miles Ahead certainly has its moments. But its music that’s the winner here.