Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary Reviews

May 24, 2017
The 100-minute film is aimed at people who already understand John Coltrane's importance -- and therefore will be sorry it doesn't go deeper -- without providing much context for beginners.
May 20, 2017
Chasing Trane gets off to a passable, if unimaginative, start telling John Coltrane's story, but it fails to finish the job with any kind of grace or equanimity.
May 6, 2017
Multiple passages stitched from a succession of still photographs with readings of Coltrane's words in Denzel Washington's recognizable voice make for deadly viewing.
May 4, 2017
So much of what they have to say sounds banal or extraneous compared to the music heard on the soundtrack.
April 26, 2017
Search "John Coltrane live" on YouTube and enjoy the results while perusing the jazz great's Wikipedia page. You'll come away only marginally less informed about the man and his music than if you'd paid $8.50 for a ticket to this.
April 26, 2017
Washington is a wonderful voice, but his readings of Coltrane's words don't match seeing the artist in motion. The constant stream of still photos, with a recognizable actor's voice, has a distancing effect.
April 14, 2017
[The film] offers ripples in Coltrane's legacy, including his heroin addiction, less-than-perfect marriages, and spiritual awakening. But it still feels empty, uncritical, and completely disassociated with today's times.
April 13, 2017
As a biographical movie, "Chasing Trane" sticks to a conventional, dully informative format. Its ideal venue is a Coltrane tribute event or a classroom.
April 12, 2017
A blur, a Microsoft Encarta entry run blandly amok.
April 10, 2017
A dully conventional film about a brilliantly unconventional musician.