After a career that saw a musician rise to the top of Jazz history, Miles Ahead brings the story of Miles Davis, played by Don Cheadle (who may be recognised from his role in the Iron Man series) goes writer-director and captures the extraordinary life of the Trumpeter in a distinct way that shows the side of Miles Davis untold but rumoured to be true.
It’s often noticed a certain characteristic of films directed towards an artist or musicians career becomes distracted from the truth and often puts forward a misconception as a means of increasing viewing figures. Yet, despite showing a few added scenes such as a car chase which was more than amusing, Cheadle perfectly captures Davis’ performance on and off stage with the intense and delicate love life as well as the music which brought Miles to fame.
The story begins with a flash back to the period of ‘writings block’ during Davis’ career with a rolling stones journalist ‘Dave Brade’ played by Ewan Mcgregor turns up at Miles’ door unwilling to let him go without an interview after news of a so called comeback to the scene of music. Even if Miles did have a new album to be released, the ever growing spark of Columbia records wanting Miles to release music leaves a twist in the plot when a thuggish producer known as Harper( Michael Stuhlburg) steals the tape with the latest Jazz music to use as their own leaving a race to find the tape meaning the journalist of Brade is left following Miles around to find a simple story of a ‘comeback’. Along the way allows the trumpet player to meet upcoming dancer – Frances Taylor(Emayatzy Corinealdi) and fall hopelessly in love. This only turns back on Miles with setbacks and a jealously which takes over, losing his wife, who he refuses to let go of, perhaps contributing to the dry period of music.
Car chases, fights, deep croaky voice and a whole lot of music leavings an exquisite master class showing the highs and lows of what’s been told of Miles Davis in his years at the top of Jazz which as said by Miles is ‘social music’… so excuse my terminology. ‘kind of Blue’ whistles through the film with numerous references as well as ‘someday my Prince will come’. A fine film with music taking every one in the audience back to the prime of ‘Social music’.
A film worth watching for an exciting and iconic production.