Just as my husband and I were debating which one of us would go grab the raisinets we forgot to pick up from the concession stand at the Kansas City Film Fest, it happened. The lights dimmed and the movie began. We were there to check out the Miles Ahead movie written and directed by Don Cheadle. To be honest, I find most biographies to move a bit slow for my taste, at least in the beginning. As the movie started, I made a mental note to find an appropriate time to slip out and grab them… that time never came.
From the very first scene, I knew that this wasn’t going to be an average biography. Don Cheadle appeared on the screen, and I could have sworn I was looking at the late and great Miles Davis himself. My Husband and I both chuckled a bit as the camera rolled over his old school outfit with the played out relaxer. Yup, that was Miles Davis alright! Little did we know, we had just hopped into his mind, to spend a moment in his world.
Throughout the movie, we watched scene after scene play out, giving us an inside view of the life and mind of Miles Davis. As we’d later find out in the question and answer session that Don Cheadle had after the film, it was his sole intention to conduct the movie in such a way that it wasn’t your average autobiography. Instead, it captured that part of Miles Davis life that you didn’t read about in the biography or hear about in the media. This movie tells the tale of the period where Miles Davis stepped away from the spotlight and dealt the demons in his own mind.
The tale of Miles Davis as a person, and not a performer.
We watched intrigued and captivated as we saw his view on the love of his life that got away. We watched him deal will heartache, disappointment, and the struggles that come with being a natural born musician whom life has led to lost their tune for the moment. The tale of friendships lost and gained, and of trust earned and broken. We saw racism, criticism, temptation, and more. While we never picked up the extra treat from the concession stand, we left the theater completely filled and satisfied.
This movie is a must see! If you were expecting to come here and read over every juicy detail, you’re out of luck. This musical creation that Don Cheadle spent ten years perfecting couldn’t be shown any justice in a simple review. Instead, I’ll just let you know that it is sure to be a classic. This is a film you do NOT want to miss! And luckily, you won’t have to! It’s in theaters right now!
In the beginning of the story, Miles Davis says “If you’re gotta tell a story, come with some attitude man”. Don Cheadle made sure to do just that in the Miles Ahead film.
Check out the trailer below: