tick, tick... BOOM!

tick, tick... BOOM!

On the cusp of his 30th birthday, Jonathon Larson, a promising young theater composer, navigates love, friendship, and the pressures of life as an artist in New York City.

  • Released: 2021-11-11
  • Runtime: 120 minutes
  • Genre: Drama, Music
  • Stars: Andrew Garfield, Alexandra Shipp, Vanessa Hudgens, Robin de Jesús, Joshua Henry, Bradley Whitford, Tariq Trotter, Michaela Jaé Rodriguez, Judith Light, Jordan Fisher, Noah Robbins, Joanna Adler, Kenita R. Miller, Ken Holmes, Richard Kind, Joel Grey, Kate Rockwell, Jonathan Marc Sherman, Ben Ross, Laura Benanti, Danielle Ferland, Micaela Diamond, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Gizel Jimenez, Kate Rockwell, Joel Perez, Judy Kuhn, Danny Burstein, Ryan Vasquez, Jelani Alladin, Aneesa Folds, Anna A. Louizos, Robyn Goodman, Lauren Marcus, Janet Dacal, Eddy Lee, Jared Loftin, Kurt Crowley, Sheila Tapia, Ricardo Zayas, Travis Patton, Christopher Jackson, Andrew Bancroft, Chris Sullivan, Luis A. Miranda Jr., Kelly Watson, Chuck Cooper, André De Shields, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Wilson Jermaine Heredia, Beth Malone, Howard McGillin, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Bebe Neuwirth, Adam Pascal, Bernadette Peters, Phylicia Rashād, Chita Rivera, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Phillipa Soo, Chad Beguelin, Nick Blaemire, Eli Bolin, Jason Robert Brown, Eisa Davis, Amanda Green, Quiara Alegría Hudes, Joe Iconis, Tom Kitt, Alex Lacamoire, Steven Levenson, Jaime Lozano, Dave Malloy, Matthew McCollum, Grace McLean, Helen Park, Stephen Schwartz, Marc Shaiman, Matthew Sklar, Georgia Stitt, Shaina Taub, Jeanine Tesori, Stephen Trask, Sean McDaniel, Victoria Theodore, Bryndon Cook, Debbie Tjong, Charles Conforti, Derrick Delgado, Mason Versaw, Javiel Sellas, Barbara Ames, James C. Nicola, Roger Bart, Emily Juean Stillings, Jennifer Laroche, Lauren Yalango-Grant, Ayo Janeen Jackson, Lucy Struever, Stephanie Crousillat, Gaby Diaz, Ilia Jessica Castro, Marie Rose Baramoski, Keisha 'Sparkle' Hughes, Lane Napper, Kyle McIntire, Sean Ryan, Christopher Grant, Austin Goodwin, Carlos González, Elizabeth Chestang, Callan Bergmann, Kyle Richard Robinson, Erin N. Moore, Taeler Cyrus, Spencer Clark, Ehizoje Azike, Chloe N. Crade, Maira Barriga Toyama, Christine Seinicki, Purdie Baumann, Erin Monteleone, Noah Lentini, Jacob Patrick Wasson, Adriel Flete, Dwany Guzman, Victoria Caban, Melody Rose, Alexia Belrose, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Stephen Sondheim, Jonathan Larson, Chris Sullivan
  • Director: Lin-Manuel Miranda
  • averagedeveloper - 21 February 2024
    I'm sure a certain taste would enjoy it, but that wasn't me
    If you are someone who thinks that you have problems realizing yourself and this bothers you, give this movie a chance. If not, move on to other movies.

    I think if you can find something from your own life and your own motivations in this movie, you will enjoy it. This is one of those kinds of movies. Your perspective on life, how much your expectations from life match with the main character, and where your experiences lead you. These affect your love for every movie, but in this movie, I think these filters are quite narrow. And most importantly, do you like musicals?

    Me and this movie were not suitable for each other because of our experiences and thoughts. As someone who is not very fond of musicals, it was not an experience that I enjoyed very much.
  • BadRoosevelt - 10 August 2023
    Very touching and beguiling portrayal of artistic genius
    Andrew Garfield is superb in this incredibly captivating film about Jonathan Larson, a young musical artist who would eventually give us the iconic musical "Rent". As he approaches his 30th birthday, he is trying to the musical that will finally make his career. It seamlessly blends the genres of biopic, comedy and musical into a lush portrayal of the bittersweet lives of struggling artists in New York City, an endearing storyline that shows no sign of becoming dated.

    Director Lin-Manuel Miranda takes us back to the early 90s to show little life for aspiring artists in New York had changed and how hipster-dom might simply have not had a catchy moniker back then. This story has some very familiar themes of the young New York life- a stubborn adherence to tenuous ideals, a touch of unhappiness while holding onto a glimmer of hope and the stark reality of reaching a certain age and evaluating accomplishments. All of that is examined through the eyes of this excitable and sensitive young man who makes us think while we laugh, cry and wonder.

    Some great films have come and gone and receded from the common consciousness. Hopefully, this one lives on in memory. A sparkling cinematic achievement. Grandly recommended.
  • nagsaptarshi - 5 January 2023
    tick, tick, never exploded !
    Very good movie, top-notch acting by Andrew Garfield and others, beautiful music, but somethimg was missing there in the film. Was it the emotion? I donno. There are moments of brilliance and this could have been truly a masterpiece but this will go down the history with the tag of 'nothing extraordinary'. The length of the movie may be another reason, it could not meet the expectation. Overall, watch it at your leisure, be warned that you may yawn at times and you may not feel too good at the end. Otherwise, the movie is okay for one time watch. I will never keep it in my must-watchlist. Happy viewing.
  • mrsazz - 24 July 2022
    Boring amateurish community theater drivel
    I couldn't stand this movie. I didn't find any artistic value in it at all. Is it supposed to be a parody of the lives of lame wannabe musical theater "artists"? Some kind of junior high school "Glee" performance marathon?

    I really don't get it. Garfield can't sing. He really can't. The compositions are dull and uninspired. Nothing in the story gripped me, and halfway through the movie I just turned it off.

    I like many musicals and the songs in them, so it's not like I hate the genre overall. I just didn't found anything to like in this piece.
  • lee_eisenberg - 29 May 2022
    Why does it take a crisis to wake us up?
    Although I had heard of Jonathan Larson's work (i.e., Rent), I had never heard of him until I saw Lin-Manuel Miranda's Netflix adaptation of the musical "tick, tick...BOOM!". What a show! Andrew Garfield's performance as Larson, plus support from Alexandra Shipp, Robin de Jesús, Joshua Henry, Judith Light, Vanessa Hudgens, and a plethora of other greats make this one for the ages.

    One part in particular caught my attention. Someone asks "Why does it take a crisis to wake us up?". No doubt this was a reference to AIDS, which had devastated the art world while Reagan disregarded it (a pandemic killed millions while a celebrity president ignored it; why does that sound so familiar?). It could just as easily refer to global warming or any other disaster that people ignore until it reaches crisis mode.

    But anyway, the movie is one to enjoy. It's too bad that Jonathan Larson didn't live to see his work earn the renown that it did. I wonder what he would've gone on to write had he survived. As for the movie itself, I think that it's safe to say that any production in which Lin-Manuel Miranda, Andrew Garfield, Judith Light, or any of the other cast members is involved - including the people who only appeared in cameos - is automatically more interesting than the latest movie where Tom Cruise narrowly escapes all danger.

    Definitely check it out.