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We Have Notes On 'Dear Evan Hansen'

The stage musical Dear Evan Hansen debuted on Broadway five years ago. It won six Tony Awards, including one for its star, Ben Platt. It's now a movie, and Platt, who's now 27, is back to play Evan, a deeply troubled high school student who tangles himself in a lie. There's still singing, there's still dancing, and there are still a lot of questions to struggle with in this story. Plus, we remember the work of filmmaker Melvin Van Peebles.
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Austin American-Statesman

'Dear Evan Hansen' review: Return this empty envelope to sender

If “Dear Evan Hansen” was a train wreck? See, that could work. A train wreck can be fun. No, the film adaptation of the hit Broadway musical is a long, unpleasant ride in an empty bus, through an America designed by Home Goods. And once it gets to its destination, you realize you should have flown instead. At least if the movie was audacious, or weird, or not more than two hours long, it would have been a fun ride.
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Universal’s ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ tells audiences they are not alone

An advanced screening of “Dear Evan Hansen,” the highly anticipated film adaptation of the Broadway musical that premieres Sept. 24, was played in front of a sold out crowd in the Student Life Cinema (SLC) this past Friday. Although the film attracted mixed reviews, there is no denying that the messages presented within this story are incredibly impactful and important to comprehend. This film is quite the orchestra for the self-proclaimed outcasts, as the musical revolves around the realities of anxiety, depression and even grief. Although these topics may be quite difficult to translate on camera, “Dear Evan Hansen” informs audiences that they are not alone in dealing with these realities.
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Times Reporter

Review: Despite memorable music, message of ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ misses on screen

Add “Dear Evan Hansen” to the long list of Broadway musicals that do not transition to the screen. The problem doesn’t come from the source material itself, Steve Levenson’s exploration of mental health and teen suicide, but from the unwillingness by director Stephen Chbosky to take any chances with it.
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Box Office Mojo

‘Dear Evan Hansen’ Opens On A Quiet Weekend

The current state of the box office can best be described as polarized. On one hand, last weekend was the lowest grossing weekend at the box office since June, and if it drops further this weekend it could be the lowest since May. On the other hand, we’re witnessing a dream run for Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, which opened better than expected and is now holding better than expected. It is on the cusp of passing its fellow Marvel blockbuster Black Widow as the year’s top grosser, and by the end of the weekend should be nearing $200 million. The overall market may be slumping, but individual films are still shining.
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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

What's new this week: 'F9' DVD, 'Dear Evan Hansen,' Alessia Cara album

“F9”: The ninth film in the main “Fast and the Furious” franchise finds Dom Toretto and his crew going up against an old foe and a new one — Dom’s younger brother, Jakob. Directed by Justin Lin and stars Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, John Cena and Charlize Theron. “Cruella”: Emma...
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Washington Post

Ben Platt’s seven-year journey with ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ has taken him from Arena Stage to Hollywood

The creators of the movie version of “Dear Evan Hansen,” the Tony-winning musical, felt they had some explaining to do. The smash-hit Broadway show is about a teenager who perpetuates a cruel lie, one that convulses a grieving family. But it has left open-ended a crucial concern: How does an audience empathize with a main character responsible for such gratuitous suffering?
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Kaitlyn Dever Talks About Ben Platt and “Dear Evan Hansen” Movie

I enjoyed the big screen version of “Dear Evan Hansen.” The very essence of the play, which is really a tragedy of errors, is translated well on the screen along with all the feels! From director Stephen Chbosky (“The Perks of Being a Wallflower”), the film has the original Broadway Evan Hansen, Ben Platt, reprising his role. Playing Zoe Murphy, the girl of his dreams, is Kaitlyn Dever (“Booksmart,” “Unbelievable”).
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MTV

Song Became A Sparkling SZA Slow Jam

About midway through Dear Evan Hansen, the film adaptation of the Tony-winning musical of the same name, Evan and his classmate, Alana, are sitting on swings in the park. Alana — from the outside, a cheerful overachiever involved in almost every extracurricular club at their high school — confides in Evan that she’s struggling, too. Like Evan, she is living with anxiety and depression. Like Evan, she is on medication for it. And like Evan, she feels alone and invisible.
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The Hollywood Reporter

Behind the On-Set Recording of ‘Dear Evan Hansen’s Musical Numbers

Michael Koff, production sound mixer on the motion picture adaptation of the Tony-winning musical Dear Evan Hansen, is the guest in a new episode of The Hollywood Reporter‘s Behind the Screen. Featuring music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, the film starring Ben Platt, who reprises his Tony, Grammy and Emmy winning performance as teenager Evan Hanson. The cast also includes Amy Adams, Julianne Moore, Kaitlyn Never and Amandla Stenberg. Koff notes that attention to detail when recording the songs “started from the top down” with director Stephen Chbosky stressing “sound is just as important” as the images. “Everybody knew, and everybody was on board, with what we were doing with trying to record live vocals,” he says. “When it came to ‘Waving Through a Window,’ it was just me, playback and a pianist, and the set was just dead. And it sounds like Ben is singing a cappella … It was beautiful.”
Daily Beast

Is ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ Really That Much of a Disaster?

“Undoubtedly the worst musical I have ever seen.”. “It’s like if Jar Jar Binks starred in his own film.”. There are scathing reviews, and then there are the initial reactions to Dear Evan Hansen, the film adaptation of the Tony-winning Broadway musical that premiered last week at the Toronto International Film Festival ahead of its theatrical release Sept. 24.
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Manny the Movie Guy Reviews “Dear Evan Hansen” and Netflix’s “Midnight Mass”

Only at the movies, the big screen version of the Tony-winning musical “Dear Evan Hansen” sings its way to the theaters. And over on Netflix, the new 7-episode series “Midnight Mass” from Mike Flanagan (“The Haunting of Hill House,” “The Haunting of Bly Manor,” “Doctor Sleep”). Which one is my pick of the week? Take a look.
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‘Dear Evan Hansen’ Oral History: How Broadway’s Biggest Hit Since ‘Hamilton’ Became an Awards Season Movie

In these deeply cynical times, the terrain is tough for an open-hearted movie musical. Indeed, within seconds of the trailer for Dear Evan Hansen dropping on May 18, social media was ablaze with snark about 27-year-old Ben Platt playing a high-school student and sporting a new hairstyle. Before you knew it, Twitter trolls had widely perpetuated a narrative that the film — which none of them had seen, as it doesn’t open until Sept. 24 — is a write-off. But given that the two key constituencies that Universal most hopes the film will resonate with — young people and Academy members...
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