Directed by: Lin-Manuel Miranda
Written by: Steven Levenson & Jonathan Larson
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Alexandra Shipp, Robin de Jesus, Vanessa Hudgens.
Jonathan Larson is on the cusp of his 30th birthday, where he struggles with the pressures of life, as a promising young composer, in New York City and tries to navigate love and friendship all whilst trying to break through as a successful theater artist.
This musical is an adaptation about Jonathan Larson’s life, his struggles living in New York, before making a breakthrough with his HUGE successful musical; Rent. As the title suggests, there is a countdown going on in Jonathan’s head, and as they continue to count down, Larson (who is portrayed by the amazing, Andrew Garfield) feels he has a rising sense of his own morality – and despite his relationship with his girlfriend Susan (played by Alexandra Shipp) fading out, his friends giving up on the Arts and getting well paid jobs, Jonathan refuses to give up and believes he will make it as a successful Musical Theater artist.
Tick, Tick… BOOM was the name of Jonathan Larsons Biography which lead to the 12-year success of Rent, which, unfortunately, Larson never lived long enough to see the success from the first night as he died of an aortic dissection at 35 years old.
In this musical on Larson’s upcoming success, it shows him and his struggles living in a cramped apartment in New York, writing down ideas for musical songs, musical theater ideas, and using an old Macintosh all whilst making a living as a waiter at Soho Moondance Diner.
I really did enjoy watching this film on Netflix, and have seen it a few ties now, and I have to admit its because I like how Andrew Garfield leads the role and shows full commitment to portraying Jonathan Larson, with placing every bit of himself into the character role, the acting and also the singing – which I am very impressed at how great Garfield’s singing is – considering he had some vocal training for this role in the film. He has an amazing singing voice and I am now obessed with the playlist!!
If you haven’t seen this yet and you love musicals, I can guarantee you will enjoy this one, and lets face it, you can’t not enjoy the enthusiasm of Andrew Garfield in this film – he is great!!
I love the songs “Louder Than Words” , “30/90” , and “Therapy” the most, and obviously Andrew Garfield…. It is now streaming on Netflix!
I rate this film 4.5 stars.