DEAR EVAN HANSEN
Release Date: September 24, 2021
Director: Stephen Chbosky
Stars: Ben Platt, Kaitlyn Dever, Julianne Moore, Amy Adams
Plot: A teen boy gets caught up in the drama when a fellow student commits suicide and people think they were best friends
Clint Says: Wait until after opening weekend, but see this in theaters
A couple of times each year I feel like I see a different movie than all of my fellow film critics. This is one of those times. So, just like Evan Hansen, I'll sit over in the corner of the lunchroom all by myself thinking this is a good movie while everyone else just points and laughs at me.
Does this movie have issues? For sure. To start, Ben Platt looks too old to be a high schooler. But to be fair, he was the star of the Broadway musical, so the role belongs to him. Next, the story is emotionally manipulative. It uses a weak excuse to keep the plot going and keep the emotion level high. And while this is annoying, the film would be much less compelling without the emotion.
It is also really long. It clocks in at almost 2 1/2 hours, which is fine for a Broadway musical, but not for a teen drama. They could have easily cut a few of the songs and got the final cut below two hours, and I don't feel like we would have missed anything.
All of that said, I really liked this movie. I thought the story was very interesting, the characters were complex, and the adaptation from Broadway to the big screen was one of the best I've ever seen.
If you are a fan of the musical you should see this in theaters. I think you will really enjoy it. The same goes for anyone that is a fan of musicals in general. This may not be your favorite, but it will be worth your time and money.
But then again, you may hate it as much as all of my critics pals did. So, don't take my word for it. See it for yourself and see where you land.