Year: 2016 Director: Don Cheadle
Accomplished actor and director Don Cheadle resorted to crowd funding to get this movie done. and he had to introduce a white movie star Ewan McGregor to make it more commercially viable. It’s a biopic, which chops between scenes of Miles in the cool era to his drug fuelled recluse years in the 70’s before he returned with that wild fusion stuff.
I know a lot about Miles, got the records,seen him, read books, so I wasn’t overly fussed that this wasn’t a documentary. What interested me was that Cheadle co wrote some of the music and was sufficiently devoted to playing the role that his chops were raised to a level to be credible.
There are a few themes – Miles’ relationship with Frances Taylor (who is credited as an executive producer) and his remorse for this lost relationship – although never discussed the continuing pain of Miles’ degenerative hip condition and then there is the overt plot -Drugs / Miles wants record company money>”give us some new stuff” > reel of “new stuff gets stolen> guns car chases etc to retrieve it – the ripping yarn bit.
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