Rated PG-13. AMC Boston Common and Regal Fenway Park. The landmark Kendall Square.
The trouble with “Dear Evan Hansen” is not that Ben Pratt won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for the film, and is now too old to play a high school student. The problem is that everyone in the company smells like a teenager. It’s not a cool, lazy way of saying it. I’m referring to someone who can guess all the gloomy details. The adult plot twists and turns amid endless singing.
You can’t stop me, I want you to shout. This movie is 2 hours and 17 mins long. It’s about a young man who uses psychotropic drugs to manage his anxiety and depression. He doesn’t have any friends.
He is Evan Hansen (Pratt), his name is Evan Hansen, and he was given the task of writing to himself starting with “Dear Evan Hansen”. Evan and Heidi (Julian Moore), his mother, are struggling to live in a suburban, untidy and low-income area. Heidi spends more time at the hospital than caring for her mother. Evan has never had a father. His father died when Evan was a young boy. Unexpectedly Evan is the only friend to the angrily lonely Connor Murphy (Colton Ryan), and he committed suicide.
For reasons that are not entirely clear, Evan complied with the misunderstanding and approached Connor’s sad mother Cynthia (Amy Adams) and stepfather (Danny Pinault), especially his sister Zoe (Caitlin Diver), and Established a romantic relationship with them. Evan spoke touchingly about Connor and the importance of people being together in front school. It spread. Do you know where this all is leading? Does Evan really need me to be with him?
Based on his script Steven Levinson, Tony Award winner Steven Levinson wrote Dear Evan Hansen. Oscar nominees Justin Paul (“City of Philharmonic”) composed the music. These songs include topics like “be yourself” or “anonymous”. They are conversational and lack melody. They bounce around for a while, then they shine with high pitch and emotional energy. They are monotonous and hard to remember for me. I cannot hum if you point a gun at me (I have not seen a stage play).
Stephen Chbosky, director of “The Privilege Of the Wallflower”, is an expert on juvenile anxiety. Pratt is able to sing and cry, but he is still fine. Even though he can’t perform as well as a 17-year old, Deaver plays the role of Connor’s support and shines just like his sister, who plays the guitar. Amandla Stenberg, a popular teenage girl with depression, is also admirable. Nick Dondani, Evan’s closest friend, brought the few laughs to the movie.
When the writer chose to be sad, “Dear Evan Hanson”, reminded me of the best TV sitcom. Can you help me understand?
(“Dear Evan Hansen”) contains mature themes such as suicide. It is too boring.