Tick, Tick… Boom! is an explosion of creative passion. Jonathan Larson will forever be known for creating the hit broadway musical Rent. Most people (myself included) never knew the man behind the music. Larson’s first major production was the semi-autobiographical Tick, Tick… Boom! Since both musicals made Larson a big name on Broadway, it only made sense for Lin-Manuel Miranda to make it his directorial debut. A musical biopic was guaranteed to get him some Oscar attention.
Although the Netflix produced Tick, Tick… Boom! was snubbed for Best Picture, Andrew Garfield was the most deserving of his Best Actor nomination. Garfield fully transforms into the awkward aspiring playwright with messy hair. The title refers to the ticking clock in his head. Larson feels like he’s running out of time and wants to accomplish his goals before he turns 30. Tick, Tick… Boom! spoke to me on a personal level. Since I myself am an aspiring writer who dreams of working in the entertainment industry as soon as possible.
Larson spends a lot of time on an ambitious musical called Superbia that never sees the light of day. Inspiration for Rent comes in the form of his gay friend Michael and strained relationship with his girlfriend Susan. Most characters are fictionalized versions of people in his life. Except for Stephen Sondheim who was a crucial piece of the puzzle. Garfield took singing lessons for the part, but his song and piano skills are so good that you can’t even tell. Longtime singer Vanessa Hudgens legitimizes every performance. For me the most memorable songs are “30/90,” “Therapy,” and “Louder Than Words.” Larson’s sudden death at the young age of 35 isn’t depicted, but his memory will live on thanks to Tick, Tick… Boom!