tick, tick...BOOM!

tick, tick...BOOM! ★★★★

i don’t usually write reviews, but i definitely felt like this was warranted after all the reviews i’ve seen about it. i feel like people are being VERY over critical of this movie. i really enjoyed it.

first comment i’ve seen is that the cinematography is bad, which i completely disagree with. i think there is a reason as to why it is the way that it is. it reflects the 90s vibe and how it is actually very dull to be living in new york as a struggling artist. i also think it represents jonathan larson’s fear of turning 30. 

another comment is on the music and the musical itself, which kind of irritates me if i’m being honest. it’s a musical, so you kind of think you’re going to expect music and it’s all about a man writing a musical. i think it had a great music to dialogue ratio. i also loved the music. i saw musical numbers as very natural and not over the top as a lot of people think. i interpret it as he is picturing this all in his head, the ones that seem “dramatic”, because he is creating all these songs for a musical that he wrote. 

something else that i thought was well thought out was when we learn that his best friend, michael, has become HIV positive. obviously this is all true, but i liked that they included it into the movie. this is because in the 90s HIV was a very hot topic. jon in his other musical, Rent, touched on issues of homophobia along with others, but this is especially important to tick, tick…BOOM! because of michael and his diagnosis. 

i also really enjoyed all the cameos from other Broadway stars, like Phillipa Soo and Renee Elise Goldsberry from Hamilton. then of course, Lin Manuel Miranda had to make his cameo in his directorial debut hehe.

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