Miles Ahead; shown as part of the Nerve Centre’s current program, is an off the wall tale of a week in the life of legendery jazz musician Miles Davis, written and starring Don Cheadle. The basic premise of the film involves Davis and aspiring music journalist (played by Ewan McGregor) running around Los Angeles in a car chasing gangsters who have stolen Davis’ records.
In between car chases, parties, and drug fueled arguements you get a glimpse of a Miles Davis that is unknown to most, a man who is in love, the subject of that love being Frances Taylor, proported to be the one true love (other than jazz) of Davis’ life.
On the whole, while this film could never be described as a straight up biopic by any stretch of the imagination, it does provide good entertainment value for the audience. There are no memorable performances, aside perhaps from Cheadle in the lead role who manages to get the voice and certain characteristics of the legendary musician down to perfection.