Miles Ahead is the new Miles Davis biopic. As of now it's playing in select cities as a limited release. The legendary musician is portrayed by Don Cheadle, who also directed and co-wrote the screenplay. Having not seen the movie and just reading reviews, it seems to be getting a mixed reaction. Most people are more than satisfied with Cheadle's acting, it seems to be the interpretation of Davis' life that critics are taking issue with. That being said, any biopic is probably going to portray their version of the truth. There are always three sides to the story, yours, mine, and the truth. For example the film Ray, the Ray Charles bio film, shows a more positive image of Charles. The audience does see the darker side of Charles with his drug use and womanizing ways but the focus is on the music and Charles overcoming his personal conflicts. Hollywood will always focus on the positive side of the story. The story of triumph, finding redemption and overcoming obstacles. It just the way Hollywood is, they gotta make money.
But more about Cheadle. I am interested to see him in this role. Over the years Cheadle has really show his range. He can do it all, whether that be a comedy, drama, action, or whatever else. With him being so involved with this project, he has invested himself both in front and behind the camera. I am excited to see him in this role. I believe the audience will see Don Cheadle become Miles Davis.
It will also be refreshing to see a biopic about an African-American, especially one with the influence of Miles Davis. His musical influence can continued to be heard today across all genres. My hope is that the film remains about Davis. More often than not, Hollywood will take the focus away from the main black character and make it about the white accomplice (I.E. Sandra Bullock in the Blindside or Harrison Ford in 42). The story is no longer about the black characters journey. It is made into the white character being able to accept the change or fight for the black character. The audience is told the story from the white perspective and not that of who the story is really about. So whether or not the historical accuracy about the Life of Miles Davis is somewhat loose, I want to see HIS story.
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