tick, tick…BOOM! review – an ode to the creative mind This is one for the theatre kids.

November 20, 2021
Bashirat Oladele 0
Film Reviews, Netflix, Streaming Service
4.5

Summary

It follows the journey of Jonathan Larson and acts as an ode to the creative mind.

4.5

Summary

It follows the journey of Jonathan Larson and acts as an ode to the creative mind.

This review of Netflix film tick, tick…BOOM! does not contain spoilers.

This is for the musical theatre kids. 

Did you love Rent, Hadestown, Hamilton, or Hairspray? Lin Manuel Miranda takes us through the life of Broadway legend, Jonathan Larson. tick, tick…BOOM! is set just five years prior to his thirtieth birthday. Despite being ignored by his agent, dealing with songwriting, and his job at the diner, Jonathan remains optimistic and is seen as “the future of musical theatre”. As a theatre kid, the musical was one for the books; tick tick…BOOM! is a musical about making a musical based on a one-man show by Jonathan Larson, the superbly talented and late writer/composer of Rent. He, unfortunately, passed just before the show’s opening night. 

Lin Manuel Miranda brings his story to life as the director and Andrew Garfield takes on the role of Larson. From his singing, dancing, and involvement in the movie musical, he breaks the boundaries and embodies the life of Larson. The premise of the musical surrounds how Larson is running out of time and it’s tragic to know that was the reality for him. As sad as it is, it’s also a tribute and reflection of gratitude, from the viewer’s perspective, knowing that eventually time runs out and we just do the best we can with what we have. What I appreciated the most about the movie musical was how theatrical it was as a theatre fan. The fact that gargantuan Lin Manuel Miranda was involved, it’s clear that he understood what it means to create art, to create theatre, and the struggle of being deeply committed to your craft… even if you’re struggling as Larson was struggling with a futuristic musical he had been writing for 8 years. He’s broke, terrified about the workshop, and is dealing with a friend who died from AIDS — the same disease that killed 3 of his other friends in their 20s.

I think the title is a play on how time runs out and it’s literally ‘tick tick BOOM!’ before things end, change and move on. Garfield is tasked with conveying the feelings of urgency and frustration as an artist and nails it. Furthermore, the movie musical can be seen as a rough foreshadowing and draft for the Tony Award-winning Rent. 

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