Miles Ahead is definitely not your regular biography movie. It is a kind of biopic, which tells the story of Miles Davis, through a fictional narrative, that involves a late 70s Davis, at a point where he isn’t very involved with writing music. This allows Don Cheadle, the director of the movie to give the viewer as great an understanding of Miles Davis as is possible to do through a film.
Don Cheadle portrays Miles fantastically well. Cheadle carries a Jazz-star aura, a musical quality and intensity to his performance that brings the best of the rest of the cast as well. Something he’s capable of doing as an actor and can be said for most of his performances. Alongside him is the incredible Ewan McGregor who plays a journalist from Scotland, and the two together make for the best possible duo. They are funny, serious, entertaining and more importantly enthralling to watch throughout the film.
Don Cheadle in his directorial debut has done an incredible job. He has managed to depict Miles Davis through the years, without doing the common chronological order biopic that we are used to. But rather a more charismatic fictional tale, that is used as a platform, on which aspects of Davis’ life and career can unfold. The music plays a big factor of the movie, as it did in Davis’ life, and it’s so expertly interleaved with the story and the use of flashbacks that massive credit has to go both to Cheadle and musician Robert Glasper.
Miles Ahead is a superb movie, with great performances and great direction. Definitely worth the hard work from Don Cheadle, after all he has been trying to do this for the best part of a decade.
Ever since Disney took over the star wars universe, fans have been screaming for all sorts of standalone Star Wars movies to be made. One at the top of the list that seemed to be overlooked despite the big interest, was an Obi Wan movie starring Ewan McGregor. Well it looks like Disney have been listening and they’ve already agreed to it with the Scottish actor.
Disney have shown clear signs of intend and have been quoted as saying “We are happy to be bringing on Ewan McGregor to the Disney family and we hope that we can please the fans with another epic Star Wars film”.
The news come as a bit of a surprise to fans and McGregor himself, who was open to the possibility since the beginning. He checked on his Twitter and Instagram page to let his followers know the news and his enthusiasm in this new exciting project.We are looking forward to seeing Master Kenobi on the big screen once again. Until then, may the force be with you.
The story might be absurd, the situations that Mortdecai finds himself in might be a bit dumb but that doesn’t take away the jokes and the laughs from the film. After all it is a comedy and if it does one thing right, it’s providing laughs or at least chuckles throughout.
Some viewers will probably find it funnier than others, but it’s hard to believe that anyone could watch this movie and come out completely unentertained. Paul Bettany and Ewan McGregor are fantastic, they provide some authentic British vibe and their chemistry with Johnny Depp brings out the most out of the movie. The verbal back and forth between them never seizes to amuse as does the impeccable acting by Depp, who once again proves that he is the master in portraying peculiar personas.
The narrative however is always up in the air, it never manages to get a grip of reality, and very similarly to Mortdecai it always progresses without taking into consideration what will follow and how it will build on what preceded. The main focus of the film becomes apparent in its very early stages and that is to amuse the audience and it does exactly that.