Miles Ahead and Miles BehindActor Don Cheadle, long involved in Hollywood’s prostitution of actors -- especially black actors (cf. Steven Soderbergh’s egregious Ocean’s caper franchise and the abominable cable-TV series House of Lies) -- outdistances his previous career with Miles Ahead. In this ostensible bio-pic, Cheadle combines both the human and the ideological legends of Miles Davis: genius, jazz innovator, drug addict, paranoid, domestic abuser, class-crossing violent Negro, covert intellectual, pop star, and egotist. All this is presented in an art-movie format. Miles Ahead freely shifts time periods and narrative perspectives. It is held together by Cheadle’s regard for its subject, which clearly emboldened
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