“Miles Ahead”

A Look at the Movies

Rated R

1 Hour 40 Minutes

Don Cheadle, Ewan McGregor

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – There’s nothing more satisfying at the movies than watching a marvelous actor giving the performance of his lifetime.

Don Cheadle’s compelling characterization of Jazz legend Miles Davis is truly “Miles Ahead” of any acting you’ve seen this year.

The picture starts off with Davis facing a critical point in his career. The last thing he needs is being pestered for an interview from bogus “Rolling Stone” reporter Ewan McGregor.

Davis brushes him off with “moved to New York, played some music, did some dope, did some more music.” McGregor inquires, “Is that it?”

No, that’s not it, as a quizzical McGregor will soon discover. Cheadle’s a complex, defiant, fascinating character filled with emotional highs and lows. He’s an explosive personality erupting like a volcano.

But when it came to his music, Davis toned it down, becoming a thoughtful scholar and historian, steeped in respect for the classics.

Did I mention that Don Cheadle also wrote and directed “Miles Ahead”? He immerses himself so completely in the character that he enhances this sometimes overly melodramatic movie with his larger-than-life persona.

Don Cheadle trumpeting a performance filled with attitude, and hopefully well remembered when the Motion Picture Academy assembles its list of Oscar nominees.

It’s impossible to forget “Miles Ahead” hitting a high note of 3 stars, mostly because of Don Cheadle’s magnificent performance.

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