We have an autobiographical musical awaited by musical fans, depicting the life of Jonathan Larson, a composer and playwright. This is due to the groundbreaking rock opera Rent, which opened the door to ethnic minorities, discusses current controversial topics and which has forever changed the view of the musical as such.
We find ourselves in the life of an early thirty-year-old artist who has a talent for creating songs about anything that comes to mind. The year is 1990, and like many composers and directors living in New York, he really wants to break through, which he eventually succeeds in doing. He dies the day before the premiere of his first successful performance, which is still played around the world.
But this film is all about accepting what life is like. And probably anyone who feels that they lost a lot of time during quarantine will find in this film exactly what they don’t even know they’re looking for.
The story is shot in the form of a narrative, for which Jonathan uses a variety of songs, which he composed during his life, and in which he does not see later use. The surprise for me was that even though it is an earlier work, the melodies are at least as catchy as the songs from Rent.
The main feature of the film is Lin-Manuel Miranda, who has written two musicals so far (Hamilton and In the Heights), but this is the first time he has appeared as a film director and it cannot be said that he would disappoint. It’s clear that Jonathan knows the way he walked, and if you’ve ever had a dream to make a living from art (whether it was just the “phase” you grew out of over time, or you’re still secretly working on something that “once, maybe” or you actually live La Vie Boheme), some scenes will seem cut out of your life.
Many currently cast actors are in the habit of playing different acting positions of their personalities. Andrew Garfield is one of those who is able to completely throw away his character and features and take on the role as if they were the person they are playing for the rest of their lives.
Garfield took on Jonathan’s energy, facial expressions, mannerisms and complete devotion to music with such vigor that one would say he must have been a musical fan for at least some part of his life. But no, for the role, he even had to learn the right musical singing technique and play the piano. Andrew Garfield got the role without the creative team knowing he could sing. Fortunately, he had some basics and musical hearing (this was discovered only after the first rehearsal, where Lin-Manuel Miranda threw a shoe at Andrew after he was relieved to find that he could sing).
In the past, Andrew Garfield has also acted as a theater actor, receiving the Tony Award for his performance in the seven-hour performance “Angels in America,” whose story explores virtually the same themes and takes place almost at the same time as Tick, Tick… Boom !; this explains the naturalness with which he accepts the world of his own as such. His mother died of cancer two years ago, and it is clear that he accepts all the pain the main character experiences as his own.
Tick, Tick Boom differs from many musicals created in the last few years in that the story does not fall victim to the musical genre, but, on the contrary, benefits from the fact that it is a musical. We are in the mind of an artist for whom music is everything and the maximum use of imagination is the order of the day, so we are offered an infinite space that can be bent as much as needed. These interventions do not harm the story in any way, because they are part of his life.
Thanks to songs that sometimes intertwine with dialogue, more levels are created in the story. The layers of the film increase the viewer’s sympathy and ability to identify with the main character. The real events that are the axis of the whole film can have the same effect as freshly peeled onions due to their layering.
Compared to the rest of this year’s film musicals, this film currently ranks high on the list.
Tick, Tick… Boom!
- Original name: Tick, Tick … Boom!
- Biographical drama / Musical
- from 19.11.2021
- CZ subtitles
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