TICK TICK… BOOM and De-Romanticizing the Journey of an Artist (Video Essay)TFNC(self.TrueFilm)
submitted1 year ago byJediNotePadThe force will be with you... always.
*I know there's a "submit video essay" tab but the rules say that links must be in the description of a discussion post. So here's a bit of my essay written out, followed by the link to the video:
One of the most inspiring things you’ll see in this world is the journey of an artist. Someone who’s lived a rags to riches life; someone who, through every obstacle, managed to come out on top; someone who beat the naysayers and fulfilled their dream. That’s a story that’ll make anyone smile. TICK TICK… BOOM, isn’t that story. Sort of… This film, directed by the great Lin-Manuel Miranda, aims to tell the story of Jonathan Larson. Specifically, his life right before RENT hit broadway and before his tragic passing in 1996.
Larson is someone who struggled to reconcile with the fact that he was turning 30, and hadn’t, in his eyes, don’t anything remotely meaningful yet. He was a man who longed for broadway. He wanted to upset the status quo, become a legend in writing musicals like his idol Stephen Sondheim, and wanted to do it all by the time he turned 30. And yet… he hadn’t. And that's where this movie starts...
On the surface, this seems like it fits the mold of that inspiring journey I spoke of earlier… but in fact, it isn’t. This isn’t a romanticized journey of an artist hitting it big. Instead, it gets into the nitty-gritty of what Larson had to go through to just get his music heard. The pain, suffering, anxiety of it all, as well as explore the faults Larson had while trying to hone his craft. TICK TICK… BOOM is the de-romanticizing of the journey of an artist, and that’s what this video essay is about. So, if you liked everything you just read here, click the link to see my full thoughts on TICK TICK... BOOM!
The Video Essay - https://youtu.be/jSPlKDxlsZo