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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Miles Ahead for the jazz junkie

(Review by Russell)
Of course you’ve heard of this rock star but you don’t really know his music. You’re persuaded to go on a date to the cinema to see the new biopic based upon the life and times of this legendary figure. The lead actor looks like him, doesn’t he? He played a trombone, no, a trumpet, didn’t he? The sets look like they are out of a seventies’ cop series with hip dude dialogue. Lots of motherf***** this and motherf***** that. The journalist character is chasing a story. The rock star isn’t keen to play ball. A Jimmy Cagney car chase, Batman and Robin fisticuffs (split lips, not good for a trombonist).

So what’s the story? A stolen session tape, crooked record executive types, guns, the quest to recover what is rightfully the rockstar’s amidst a serious drug habit. The story slight, the soundtrack excellent, Don Cheadle as Miles Davis is convincing. Is it worth seeing Miles Ahead? If you’re a jazz fan, yes, but don’t expect too much. If you don’t know anything about Miles and his music you could be forgiven for wondering what
the f*** the fuss is about.   

That first date to the cinema could be the first and last. S/he could well conclude you’re some kind of jazz weirdo and decide that watching Eastenders is a better bet.      
Russell            
Miles Ahead - Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle. Times.

1 comment :

stevebfc said...

Have to agree with Russell on this one. Film never really establishes why Miles was such an innovator and all time great. As a film it may be ok (although plot described above a bit tedious)but as a celebration of the man and his music I was left underwhelmed.

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