Directed by Don Cheadle
Written by Steven Baigelman & Don Cheadle
Starring Don Cheadle, Ewan McGregor, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Lakeith Lee Stanfield and Michael Stuhlbarg
Opens April 1, 2016
I went to see an advanced screening of Miles Ahead this week directed by and starring Don Cheadle. Don is an amazing actor. His character as the late Miles Davis was incredibly believable and an anomaly as a middle-aged somewhat bitter musical genius who chain smoked and wanted to be left alone and recognized simultaneously. He frustrated everyone that he was involved with and he couldn’t care less.
Miles Davis was before my time but I am familiar with his music and legacy and what struck me as most interesting is how the music industry hasn’t changed over the last 50 years. The movie is a period piece that centers on a woman “Francis” played convincingly by Emayatzy Corinealdi (Middle of Nowhere, Addicted) who was Miles muse and inspiration for his desperate attempt to reignite his career during a 5 year isolated hiatus in the 70s where he was consistently being pressured by his label Columbia records to produce more music.
Initially the movie was off to a slow start but it gained momentum and maintained it with several action scenes for the remainder. Great film for fans and those not familiar with Miles Davis #milesdavismovie