Evan Hansen is a high school student who suffers from sociophobia, so he has no friends. To cope with his illness, on the advice of his doctor, he writes a letter to himself, which falls into the hands of another high school student, Connor. A few days later, Evan learns that Connor has committed suicide.
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I was fortunate enough to see Dear Evan Hansen at its premiere at TIFF. While I didn’t have any expectations for the film going in, I left impressed.
Ben Platt and Amandla Stenberg’s performances were very strong in particular. I felt they were able to demonstrate their character’s flaws in a way that made it apparent that these characters aren’t meant to be perfect or looked up to. They’re meant to be human. They make questionable choices, and they’re met with the consequences for their actions. This was refreshing to see.
Being a teenager who experiences anxiety and social anxiety myself, Ben Platt’s performance of Evan Hansen hit home for me. I felt that the creative choices made (especially in ‘Waving Through A Window’) captured what it is like to experience anxiety. I appreciated that they presented anxiety in a way that didn’t romanticize or sugarcoat it.
Given that most teens aren’t portrayed by teen actors (see ‘Love, Simon’, ‘Riverdale’, ‘Fear Street’, ‘Outerbanks’, etc) I didn’t find their choice to cast adults in teen roles offensive. Everyone was able to hold their own as both actors and singers, so I couldn’t ask for more in this regard. They also presented the musical numbers in ways that weren’t forced or showy. I especially liked the way they approached ‘The Anonymous Ones’, ‘Waving Through A Window’, ‘Requiem’, and ‘So Big/So Small’, as they highlighted how each individual has different mental battles. I feel these numbers worked together to provide audiences with a worthy reminder that we aren’t alone in our struggles.
In my opinion, choosing Stephen Chbosky to direct the film was the right decision. Through this, they made a film that sticks with its audience: something touching that you’ll think about days after watching it. I also appreciated how they ended the film in a way that is actually realistic/true to a real-life experience.
All in all, I would recommend seeing this movie. At the absolute least, it will remind you to value and look out for those around you, and that you’re not alone.
Codec: HEVC / H.265 (73.8 Mb/s)
Resolution: 4K (2160p)
HDR: Dolby Vision, HDR10
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1
English: Dolby TrueHD with Dolby Atmos 7.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0
English, English SDH.