Dear Evan Hansen

Dear Evan Hansen ★★½

If this is how pandemic era Broadway musicals translate to film, leave me out of the audience, please. The songs are completely forgettable. The singers are glee club-level talent, at best. Casting 27-year-old Ben Platt as a depressed high schooler did not work for me. What I liked best were the faces I knew well and could relate to: Julianne Moore as Evan Hansen's mother Heidi, and Amy Adams as Cynthia Murphy, mother of Evan's classmate who commits suicide.

I get it that this film takes up important coming-of-age themes (bullying, raging hormones, low self-esteem, peer pressure), but director Stephen Chbosky can do so much better showing teens in angst (Wonder, The Perks of Being a Wallflower). Two-and-a-half stars. Meh. See it or don't; you will not be missing much.

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