I want the Miles Davis movie to be a classic. I want the film to be a critical success as well as a box office champ. No, we’re not talking “Dark Knight” numbers, but solid box office in the U.S. and abroad.
I want Don Cheadle to be nominated for an Oscar. I want the film to be nominated in multiple categories.
I have set my expectations high for the acting, directing and writing, the lighting and costume design, the cinematography and the damn catering table.
I want to see photos and video clips of Miles Davis splashed across TV and computer screens. I want to see respectable magazines run profound essays on the legacy of Miles Davis and his impact on culture in America.
I want to see his record sales get even better. I want to see iTunes numbers go through the roof for Miles Davis mp3s.
I want people to be excited about the movie. I want people to be excited about jazz.
I want the Miles Davis biopic to be an Official Selection at mega film festivals in Cannes and Sundance, Toronto, Telluride and Berlin.
I want people to be excited about Miles Davis. He was part saint, part sinner, but his story is remarkable. His impact on ‘music’ is legendary.
I want to see a good review in “The New Yorker.” I want to see Don Cheadle on “Charlie Rose.”
I want the DVD to be brimming with cool extras, interesting commentary and awesome deleted scenes.
Yes, I have high expectations for the Miles Davis movie.
Are you expecting greatness, or hoping it’s entertaining enough? Are you worried it’s going to be ‘a rental,’ or are you confident you’ll have to see more than once (like that same day!)?
Is there a broad enough audience for the film? Would it be better as a Ken Burns documentary?
It’s just a movie. But for some (me!) it’s finally a chance to see the life of Miles Davis produced for the big screen. It’s long overdue, but no time like the present.
My expectations are high, very high. And the waiting is killing me.