'Dear Evan Hansen' Review: Is It Worth the Watch or Not?

Do we think the musical-turned-movie lives up to the hype, or does "Dear Evan Hansen" pale in comparison to its Broadway predecessor?

Jesse Conner

By Jesse Conner

Dear Evan Hansen: Is It Worth the Watch or Not?

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At times everyone can feel like they're on the outside of their life looking in. As we grow, we try to overcome our fears and anxieties. We learn to adapt and socialize. But for some, this can be a monumental undertaking. For Evan Hansen, it's nearly impossible. He deals with extreme social anxiety for which he takes multiple medications and regularly sees a therapist. It also doesn't help that he's a senior in high school and feels like if he were to disappear no one would notice. But he's not alone.

Another boy in his class named Connor has his own demons as well. After the two boys have a mild altercation over a confusing letter that Evan wrote to himself, Connor takes his own life. Connor's parents have nothing left to hold onto except this letter which they believe was written by Connor for Evan. It's a complicated and emotional story that we've seen on Broadway. But now it's arriving on the big screen. Before you head to theaters to watch "Dear Evan Hansen," check out our review first.

Reasons to Watch...

© Universal Pictures /Courtesy Everett Collection

© Universal Pictures /Courtesy Everett Collection

  • The entire cast give exceptionally moving performances. Not only are they all incredible actors, but they prove to be phenomenal singers as well. Ben Platt shines the brightest with an especially passioned performance.
  • This film addresses an audience that may be dealing with various mental illnesses and shows them that they're not alone. For those who feel misguided or different, this will raise your spirits through beautiful songs and a powerful message.
  • "Dear Evan Hansen" draws attention to this age of social media that we're all living in and how influential it can be. It outlines the harsh reality of how connected and disconnected our society can be when using these platforms.
  • The score in the film is astonishing. You'll walk out of the theaters humming and/or singing a tune or two.

Or Not...

© Universal Pictures /Courtesy Everett Collection

© Universal Pictures /Courtesy Everett Collection

  • For folks comparing this film to the Tony-winning musical it's based on, they will be less than enthused.
  • The subject matter of the film deals with some very sensitive topics. Those who've dealt with similar trauma may want to avoid this movie.
  • The actions of the main character, even though he's dealing with his own social anxiety, make it hard to empathize with him. What seem like good intentions initially eventually turn into selfish ones.

Watch or Not?

So, after seeing "Dear Evan Hansen," we're recommending that you check it out.

There may be criticisms that this exact same story has already been told in 2016 on Broadway, but that's just not true. The narrative may be the same, but this version is the one that the entire world can see on the big screen. Ben Platt is perfectly awkward and embodies the persona of someone we've all been at some point in our lives. And his voice will bring you to the brink of tears.

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Dear Evan Hansen

PG-13

Musical

September 24, 2021

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Jesse is a writer and content manager for Noovie. When he's not working, he's on the beach playing volleyball.

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