Dear Evan Hansen Review
When you reach the close credits of the show Dear Evan Hansen, you will discover the kind of informative messages that are typically reserved for a grave episode on Hollyoaks. Even though it's packed with fun rock-pop bops and ballads that come from The La La Land and The Greatest Showman team composed of Benj Pasek as well as Justin Paul, the 2016 Broadway monster – six Tonys and one Grammy will explore an array of hot-button subjects, with a flurry of anxiety disorders, extreme isolation and the destructive need to be popularized through social media. Stephen Chbosky's musical explores these themes with compassion through a variety of wonderful songs, which are at times humorous and poignant, yet it is far too indifferent to really satisfy.
Senior in high school Evan (Ben Ben Platt) is a shy, pathological person who is a loner. He's on prescription medications as well as in therapy. He is so not popular that no one acknowledges the cast on his broken arm. Even his girlfriend Jared (Nik Dodani ) hilarious) describes him as a close family friend. A large part of his treatment involves writing letters to himself in order to cheer himself up. One letter is taken by depressive students Connor Murphy (Colton Ryan) and, when he commits his own life, it is considered suicide notes from his parents his mom Cynthia (Amy Adams) and step-dad Larry (Danny Pino). Instead of resolving the issue, Evan doubles down on the myth, spinning falsehoods about his close connection with Connor which enlist him in the family and witness Evan become a viral sensation.
As it distances itself of the melody, dear Evan Hansen feels on less certain ground.
It's a musical that's composed of songs that are directly derived from the character. The first song"Waving Through A Windows Evan's song of teenagers' isolation set the tone of the musical. Chbosky performs the tunes in the domestic space (living rooms bedrooms, kitchens, living rooms) and then presents them in simple, unpretentious coverage. He puts the emotional and lyrical content a central place with a little briothe voice of Julianne Moore in Evan's mom sings her big tune from the couch. The most effective songs try to be different the way that 'Requiem' the family of Connor's articulate their diverse, contrasting views about tragic events, can be deeply moving and staged with a hint of Aimee Mann's "Wise Up from Magnolia and the Ben Folds-inspired 'Sincerely me" is the most upbeat and a cross-cutting of the different locations as Evan creates emails with Connor. If it diverges of the musical, Evan Hansen feels on less certain ground. The conflict here is internal, not external (fine for musicals on stage, not so for films) and cause the story to slide a bit -It takes a while for the lies of Evan's exposed and when they do they do, it's not with rather than an explosion.
However, Chbosky, writer-director of The Perks Of Being A Wallflower is a good fit for the modern-day teen dramas and has great performances from his young actors. Kaitlyn dever plays the character's sister Zoe who had an uneasy connection with her father and Amandla Stenberg brings depth to activist Alana who runs an initiative to honor the life of Connor. This leaves Platt who first conceived the part on Broadway and has an unusually stagey performance. He's also older than an appealing young adult (he's at the age of 27). He's strong in the song genre, however, he's not as strong elsewhereas is the film in general.