Review: ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ Is Not As Bad As You’ve Heard

Dear Evan Hansen, the popular Tony award-winning musical, has been made into a motion picture. Fans rave about the soundtrack, everyone loves Ben Platt, and then the movie comes out and critics rail on it.

Remember when Cats did what they did? Now that was a cat-astrophe. With Dear Evan Hansen, it seems as if the story is the biggest offender. And on paper, yes, it is a hot mess.

Enter Evan (Ben Platt), who is starting off his senior year, seemingly friendless, except for Jared (Nik Dodani), who makes it clear he’s a family friend.

Evan is awkward, nerdy, and taking a lot of medication, though we never really get a diagnosis.

After having a run-in with an angry Connor Murphy (Colton Ryan), an outcast, but for different reasons, Evan thinks this isn’t going to be a great year after all.

His therapist suggested he write letters to himself to essentially pump him up for the day.

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