- Director: Lin-Manuel Miranda
- Writer: Jonathan Larson, Steven Levenson
- Producer: Celia D. Costas, Deb Dyer, Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Julie Larson, Steven Levenson, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Julie Oh
Surprisingly, this is Lin-Manuel Miranda’s first outing as a film director!
Even more surprising...this is Andrew Garfield's crest of the wave...the man just owns it outright! Praise, praise and more praise...nada criticism whatsoever! Who knew he could sing...who knew he could deliver an Oscar-worthy performance in a musical!?! He bagged quite a few awards already...why not the big one!?!
It is difficult...but, the less you know about Jonathan Larson, the better. On the other hand, those who know about the man and his work should be impressed by how writer and director have structured his story...mortality is at its core. HIV/AIDS is ever-present and there is always that dark cloud hovering high above...
Please don't expect any reference to Rent or a burst of 525,600 minutes...this is his story before, this is his inspiration for...like many of us, he lost friends to the horror...by writing Rent, he not only remembered...but, paid tribute to all of those he lost.
tick, tick...BOOM! pays tribute to him...some would say, a long time coming...but, amassing this amount of talent takes time, patience and incredible care.
It all pays off.
Monumentally entertaining, monumentally moving.
"How much time do we have to do something great?"
The film follows Jon (Andrew Garfield), a young theater composer who's waiting tables at a New York City diner in 1990 while writing what he hopes will be the next great American musical. Days before he's due to showcase his work in a make-or-break performance, Jon is feeling the pressure from everywhere: from his girlfriend Susan, who dreams of an artistic life beyond New York City; from his friend Michael, who has moved on from his dream to a life of financial security; amidst an artistic community being ravaged by the AIDS epidemic. With the clock ticking, Jon is at a crossroads and faces the question everyone must reckon with: What are we meant to do with the time we have?