Mitchell Cronk’s review published on Letterboxd:
2021 Ranked - HERE
tick, tick… BOOM! is Lin-Manuel Miranda’s directorial debut and is based on the stage musical of the same name, following playwright Jonathan Larson before his big break. Andrew Garfield stars as Larson, who’s struggling to grapple with turning thirty while his life is nowhere near where he thought it would be, it cuts back and forth between the stage musical itself and the flashbacks to his past pretty seamlessly. I like movie musicals quite a bit, I even like some of the lesser respected ones, I can confidently say that this is one of my favourite musicals I’ve seen. Garfield gives a tour de force performance, surely on his way to an Oscar nomination, as he perfectly plays this man and everything he’s juggling in his life. I know almost nothing about Broadway or Larson’s most famous work, Rent, but this film still connected with me nonetheless. The songs are great, the music kept me entertained and the story at its centre is relatable, I think Miranda’s direction is solid if unspectacular but it certainly didn’t hold this movie back at all. It’s easily one of my favourite films of the year, it truly touched me on a couple occasions, especially the relationship between Larson and Robin De Jesús‘ character Michael, he’s also phenomenal in this movie and worthy of a nomination himself. tick, tick… BOOM! is a brilliant film in my opinion, Andrew Garfield steals the show but the film stands on its own two feet as well, I loved it.