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User Reviews for: tick, tick... BOOM!

/10  12 months ago
I recall reading back in 1996 about Jonathan Larson, the creator of the wonderful "Rent" (amongst others) and was intrigued to see just how Lin-Manuel Miranda might tackle this story. Though fairly well known in theatrical circles now, back in 1989/1990 Larson was a struggling songwriter. Juggling his relationships, his funding, an indifferent agent and quite a bit of a mental block, we are treated to a tour de force effort from Andrew Garfield as he portrays this visionary young man striving to complete this eponymous work. I think Garfield is super here. He can hold a note and he brings something of the charm, dedication and charisma of this young man to the screen with the aid of some fine original lyrics with collaborator Stephen Sondheim. Miranda keeps the pace moving along in a lively fashion, offering us quite an insight into the demons this man faced without allowing it to become melodramatic, or sentimental - and there are two strong supporting efforts from Vanessa Hudgens and Robin de Jesus. At times it does have a documentary style feel to it, the audience is a fly on the wall and - not always comfortably - that adds a poignancy to the presentation of this dedicated fellow. Anyone interested in musical theatre, or, indeed, the entire sphere of artistic and creative processes ought to watch one good actor's efforts to immerse us in the labours of love and pain of a good writer.
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