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About the Movie
Miles Ahead is a wildly entertaining exploration of one of 20th century music's creative geniuses, Miles Davis, featuring a career defining performance by Oscar® nominee Don Cheadle in the title role. In the midst of a prolific career at the forefront of modern jazz, Miles Davis (Cheadle) virtually disappears from public view for a period of five years in the late 1970s, his musical voice stifled and numbed by drugs and pain medications. Dave Braden (Ewan McGregor), a wily music reporter, forces his way into Davis' life and, over the next couple of days, the two men unwittingly embark on a wild and sometimes harrowing adventure to recover a stolen tape of the musician's latest compositions. Plagued by years of regret and loss, Davis flirts with annihilation until he once again finds salvation in his art.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 170
- Fresh: 125
- Rotten: 45
- Average Rating: 6.4/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: [Such] pat psychologizing of a notoriously complex personality undercuts the swirling chaos of the 80s narrative.
Fresh: Cheadle -- directing his first feature -- creates a film whose nerve its hero would surely admire.
Fresh: Cheadle's performance is sublime ... the movie looks absolutely sensational ... Unfortunately, all of this brilliant, top-notch work is undermined by a seriously misguided script ... Recommended with serious reservations.
Fresh: Cheadle is compelling, but his movie sometimes struggle to make the many elements harmonious.