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My Review of "Tick, Tick... Boom!"

by Brian Anonymous 13 days ago in review

A fascinating musical biography about a very creative man. It made me want to know more.

Tick, Tick... Boom! is actually a musical based on the life of the author of the musical. Through some unfortunate circumstances this author wasn't able to see the fruits of his labor. That's why this movie is valuable in describing the importance of his work and his life.

The musical starts off with a bit of a soliloquy. It's about Jonathan Lawson. He's a musical phenom that hasn't realized his potential. As he's getting older he's starting to have an existential crisis. His thirtieth birthday is a milestone to remind him that his youth his fading away. He often compares himself to successful playwriters and musicians before him. They've all accomplished way more than him before they hit the age of 30. I'm sure a lot of us had the same anxieties when we reached that age.

Jonathan puts a lot of pressure on himself because time is ticking down, hence the title of the movie. He believes that his talent has a shelf life and I can't blame him. All of his friends around him have picked up jobs outside of their talents. They all wanted to be actors, singers or writers and instead they are pushed to regular jobs to be able to survive. He himself is stuck working at a diner trying to achieve his dream of being a playwriter.

Even worse a lot of his friends are passing away in their 20s. You see this movie takes place in New York City in the 90s. It was a time when the AIDS epidemic was hitting the world the hardest. Due to this horrible illness a number of his friends have come and go. I can see how this could help scare him to believe that he has to accomplish his goals soon.

To make matters more complicated he has a few other issues he has to take care of. His girlfriend has become fed up with the starving artist lifestyle. She wants to pick up a job that will most likely put her dreams aside but will likely make her move outside of New York City. Jonathan can't fathom living outside of New York City because he feels that the city keeps him inspired to write.

Jonathan is very focused and goal oriented but he's having heavy writers block for the last song of a play that he's been working on for years. This play has finally been selected for a big rehearsal. It's been funded and has potential of being an actual Broadway play. He knows this is the most important song of the play and because of this added pressure he can't seem to write a song.

A ton of this movie is about his trials and tribulations trying in finding this last song. You'd think that's not much of a story but you really see the process of what an artist has to go through in order to get their piece finished.

He becomes so fixated by this song that he's shut out his friends and family around him. There's big things happening and we can see this as the audience but he's not willing to compromise. This play has taken over his life and there's not anybody or anything that's going to stop him from finishing it up on time.

Little did I know that all the events of this movie are actually true. There really was a Jonathan Lawson and he was the man who wrote the longest running musical called Rent. Unfortunately he wasn't able to see the success of his work. This movie further illustrates the tragedy to his story.

It made me realize how much work was involved and what his inspirations were for his work. Unfortunately I haven't seen Rent yet but this movie makes me want to watch it. This movie is a dissection into the mind of Jonathan and his genius.

I'm sure there are a lot of cameos and nods throughout the movie that have to do with his lifetime of work but unfortunately I wouldn't be able to tell. Those of you that are aware of his work will probably enjoy these trinkets of homage. Even though I have never seen any of his work before I was able to appreciate these songs though. I thought that everything was perfectly orchestrated where I wouldn't need to know his previous work in order to enjoy this movie. It's just that fans of his work will enjoy this movie a lot more than I ever could.

There is a lot of juxtaposition with the way the movie played out. Just as things get good other things are going bad. When bad goes to worse there's always something good that comes out of it. This element of the movie gives it a lot to connect to. Many of us can relate to a lot of the situations that Jonathan had to go through.

The story of living out your dreams is a very old one but this one is told in a more realistic manner. We all know what we're capable of. Not all of us have the confidence to continue pursuing our dreams despite living in poverty and isolation. This is basically what Jonathan had to go through. He had to shut out the world in his pursuit. It's inspiring yet at the same time tragic.

Overall, this movie is very powerful and it'll give you all sorts of emotions. It was able to pull on your heartstrings and still make you laugh at the same time. I'm sure not many people are aware of this movie, you all need to do yourselves a favor and watch this one. I have to give this movie a 9 out of 10. I have watched more musicals in the last year and half than I have ever seen in my life. It's kind of crazy because I think I'm starting to get into them.


Brian Anonymous

I have tons of opinions that change constantly. I watch a lot of movies and play video games. There are some articles on my struggles with languages and dance as well.

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