Miles Ahead

An exploration of the life and music of Miles Davis.


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  • ★★★½ review by Robby Warren on Letterboxd

    Don Cheadle makes his directorial debut with Miles Ahead, a fascinating and hugely entertaining biopic that occasionally suffers b/c of it's messy editing and story-telling. Not everything here works fully but I really enjoyed this and I'm looking forward to what Cheadle tackles next as a director.

  • ★★★★ review by Dawson Joyce on Letterboxd

    Slick, vibrant, and energetic, Don Cheadle's writing and directing debut Miles Ahead is an incredibly well-acted, beautifully shot, and impeccably edited biopic that captures the spirit and daring nature of its main subject with precision and nuance.

  • ★★★★½ review by Martin28 on Letterboxd

    Fragmented and experimental, Miles Ahead feels like a formal homage to everything Davis' music stood for. It does not adhere to a pregiven cinematic structure, it jumps around and it's edited like one long, improvised solo. It's unpredictable, stylish and Cheadle's performance might be one to beat come award season next year.

  • ★★★½ review by James Haves on Letterboxd

    If you have to ask, you're miles behind.

  • ★★★★ review by Carol Grant on Letterboxd

    A bludgeon to the face of most music biopics, Don Cheadle exhibits terrific talent at creating an audiovisual cacophony that's more reflective of Davis's music than a traditional biopic structure could, as he wafts between memory and fantasy with the kind of reckless abandon of, well, an improvisational jazz trumpeteer. That doesn't mean it doesn't occasionally snag into some music biopic cliches from time to time, but the direction (and Cheadle's terrific performance to boot) more than do enough to liven up even the cliches.

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