A musical about teen suicide sounds delightful doesn’t it? Probably not, which is one of the many obstacles this film will face when trying to find an audience. In spite of being a Broadway hit, the challenge to making this into a film is considerable. This week, the smallest flock we have had in a year, gathered to figure out why the movie is having trouble reaching the same heights of success that the play did.
Cameron Kanachki and Howard Casner join Richard in visiting this musical odyssey into depression, social anxiety, isolation, drug abuse, betrayal, kickstarter fraud, divorce, suicide, bullying, social media and unhummable tunes. “Dear Evan Hansen” may have it’s heart in the right place, but does it have it’s movie credentials all set up correctly. We have some doubts.
What we don’t have many doubts about are the performances in the film. Maybe Ben Platt is a little long in the tooth to be a teenager anymore, but he can sing. Surprisingly, so can Kaitlyn Dever, Julianne Moore and less of a shock, Amy Adams. In a movie that lasts 137 minutes, over 70 of those minutes are taken up by song but there is only one dancing number and it is as close to a show stopper as you are going to get from this.
Spoiler Territory Begins 19:30
Name that Musical Game 1:16: 45
Howard Pop Art
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