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Miles Ahead (15)

Biography, Drama, Music

An exploration of the life and music of Miles Davis.

The critical consensus

This is Cheadle’s film, and with all the shortcomings he is still great. And even if the script has a few bad notes, the music is consistently exemplary.

***(*)(*)Michael Cox, Across the Arts, 25/02/2016

An open-ended biopic with a glorious performance from Don Cheadle.

****(*)Geoffrey MacNab, The Independent, 22/04/2016

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

***(*)(*)Dan Jolin, Empire Online, 18/04/2016

This could be Don Cheadle’s finest hour.

****(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 21/04/2016

It is the start of an incredible journey that touches on aspects of Davis’s life, loves and self-destructive urges in a smoothly handled labour of love.

***(*)(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 18/04/2016

It’s a curio for Davis fans rather than a rewarding watch for people, like me, who knew little about him in the first place.

***(*)(*)Henry Fitzherbert, Sunday Express, 24/04/2016

Like Davis’s music, the film’s structure is modal, with Cheadle getting the legend’s changing stance spot on, as we slip on a cymbal splash between his incarnations as the sharp-suited epitome of cool and the coke-addled “Howard Hughes of jazz”.

***(*)(*)Mark Kermode, The Observer, 24/04/2016

Features about Miles Ahead (15)

Don Cheadle: 'Miles Davis was probably bipolar'

Mark Savage, BBC, 11/04/2016

Where and when?

Edinburgh Filmhouse, Edinburgh from Monday June 27, 2016, until Thursday June 30, 2016. More info:

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