Legendary jazz trumpeter Miles Davis was also a rebel, rascal and don't-give-a-damn wild man who liked to shoot guns just to get his way or make a point.
Next year's Oscars isn't going to be lily-white anymore because Don Cheadle stakes his Best Everything claim right here, directing and co-writing himself as Davis in this movie.
Davis is depicted as an instinctive, destructive, self-absorbed force of genius who drags his reporter/ally/fan (Ewan McGregor) along on crazy adventures, including a car-chase shootout, like it's a crime thriller. "Studied piano too, huh?" asks McGregor as the trumpeter tinkles on the piano.
"Nah, just woke up black. Knew how to play," replies the legend.
GET A JOB
I was trying to figure out what the heck is the big deal in this comedy until I realised, hey, young people are just great at going on and on about nothing. Or maybe I'm too out-of- touch to understand this millennial-themed movie.
Another Miles - Fantastic Four's Miles Teller - is featured being restless here. He's ready to change the world, but he's having a job crisis because he gets the small-fry ones like being a videographer at a swanky company. His gal (Pitch Perfect 2's Anna Kendrick, above right) loses her job and needs to move in with him and his bum pal. They're all at that sensitive, transitional point in their beautiful American lives. "I'm 22 years old and I've no idea what I'm going to do with the rest of my life and I'm fine with that," says Kendrick in an oh-I'm-so-cute way.
Most people caught up in actual unemployment disasters would view them as, you know, obnoxiously privileged.
Tay Yek Keak