Lin-Manuel Miranda has made a directorial debut with Tick, Tick… Boom!

When we talk about the musical movies, 'tick, tick… BOOM!' will now be displayed on the top of them. So, basically, it is about a man writing a musical, based on the musical of the same name.

In simpler words, it's got a really amazing musical theme.


The movie is set in 1990s New York and tells us the semi-autobiographical story of Jonathan Larson. We see the real-life composer of Broadway smash Rent and the times when he tries to fulfill his dreams while dealing with the fear of ending the twenty's life. This anxiety can be felt from the song, "Happy birthday/You just wanna lay down and cry." He sings the song in the movie's opening number, '30/90'.

Before discussing the storyline and details, let's have a look at its trailer:

Cast: Andrew Garfield, Alexandra Shipp, Vanessa Hudgens, Robin de Jesús, Joshua Henry, Bradley Whitford, Tariq Trotter, Judith Light, Michaela Jaé (Mj) Rodriguez

Based on the musical by Jonathan Larson

Producers: Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Julie Oh, Lin-Manuel Miranda

Editors: Myron Kerstein, Andrew Weisblum

Music: Jonathan Larson

Rated PG-13, 1 hour 52 minutes


TICK, TICK… BOOM!: What's the musical story?

Jonathan's character is played by Garfield. As the movie starts, we see him standing on a stage, performing tick, tick… BOOM! As he was the frontman of a rock band, he was originally intended to perform with energy. Years later, in 2001, it was re-worked as a legit stage musical with actors and choreography.

The story goes around Jonathan's birthday. As he is turning 30, he is anxious about it. He thinks that he has done nothing extraordinary in all these years. He waits tables at an NYC diner and has a messy, dusty apartment that is always cluttered with many CDs and tapes and musical instruments. There are a few recording gears, a pile of bills with FINAL NOTICE stamped on them in red ink: portrait of a starving artist.

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'Tick, Tick…Boom!' shows us the pieces of a big puzzle and covers a unique structure with a back-story.


Things are changing for Jonathon. His girlfriend is a dancer with a job offer that would take them out of the city. One of his amazing masterpieces, the "dystopian rock musical" that he's been working on for years, Superbia, is finally getting a chance to get live and receive the audience in the door of the local theater scene.

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His actor best friend gets tired of being rejected from the auditions again and again, so at last, he chose a corporate job in an advertising agency. Jonathon would make a great jingle writer, as he is brilliant at writing songs. He can write a song about anything, anything except the crucial dramatic turning point of Superbia. The weird part is that many of Jonathan's friends are HIV-positive. They are struggling and fighting for their lives.


There's so much happening in Jonathon's life, all in parallel. He does his job in the café, fights with his girlfriend, visits his best friend, sits with him, and tries to complete the song. He tried hard to write something good, but… not getting successful.

The movie is about the journey, not the destination. When you see an accomplished person, you praise him and desire to be like him, but no one has seen the BTSs (behind the scenes.)

Tick, tick… BOOM is one of those movies about the journey, not the destination.



You should give it a try and not miss watching this masterpiece. 'Tick, tick… BOOM!' feels like a story of a hero of the Broadway niche. The direction, writing, screenplay, and editing are not the only highlights of the film, but Andrew Garfield gives a dramatic and super-amazing performance as Jonathon.


Movies like 'Tick, tick… BOOM'

The movie tells us the struggles, anxiety, and real passion behind a purpose. If you like the movie, we have got similar suggestions for you. You can watch Rent, In the Heights, La La Land, Rocketman, etc., for the music theme.

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