Miles Ahead

Miles Ahead

Miles Ahead

Don Cheadle leads his own directorial feature debut, a dramatic biography of jazz legend Miles Davis. Co-stars Ewan McGregor.

"[A] portrait of Davis, refracted through his crazy days in the late '70s. Holed up in his Manhattan apartment, wracked with pain from a variety of ailments and sweating for the next check from his record company, dodging sycophants and industry executives, he is haunted by memories of old glories and humiliations and of his years with his great love Frances Taylor (Emayatzy Corinealdi). Every second of Cheadle's cinematic mosaic is passionately engaged with its subject." (New York Film Festival)

2015Rating: M, Mature themes, coarse language, violence, drug use and sex101 minsUSA
DramaMusicTrue Story & Biography

Streaming (2 Providers)

Miles Ahead / Reviews

Variety

Variety

A biopic that rejects typical genre conventions to the point of chasing itself down lame, tangential paths.

Full review
Urban Cinefile

Urban Cinefile

Like the improvised nature of jazz, Don Cheadle's biopic about Miles Davis brings a syncopated view on the legendary musician and trumpet player's life as it scats around his turbulent life.

Full review
Time Out

Time Out

Cheadle is so good as the cryptic Davis that you wonder if a more traditionally structured biojazz picture à la Ray or Bird might have been a better showcase for what's obviously a passion project.

Full review
The Washington Post

The Washington Post

Cheadle, in his feature directorial debut, controls the tone like a veteran.

Full review
The New York Times

The New York Times

Purists may howl, but they'll also miss the pleasure and point of this playfully impressionistic movie.

Full review
The Guardian

The Guardian

Cheadle’s got the cred, and the period evocation is tremendous. It’s just that I’m not sure he has all that much to say.

Full review
Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

Cheadle privileges the music in a way that shows his love and admiration for its creator. He has tried to make a movie that Davis would have liked, something with attitude and intelligence. On that level, Miles Ahead is a beautiful thing.

Full review
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Cheadle's performance ... stands tall in all of this, even when the plot contrivances start to pile up like so much disposable material.

Full review
Little White Lies

Little White Lies

A movie that's often as sharp as you'd hope, yet whose weirdly off-key centre stands out like an uncharacteristic cracked note in an otherwise controlled, expressive solo.

Full review
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

In Cheadle's fully inhabited characterization, he nails the subject's soft, nicotine-scratched rasp and his eccentric irritability and paranoia with discerning understatement.

Full review
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

A largely inventive and energetic portrayal of a past-their-prime music legend that’s let down by its unnecessary trad biopic beats.

Full review