Stephen Chbosky, best known for helming 2017’s “Wonder” and 2012’s “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”, is back in the director’s chair with the teen musical “Dear Evan Hansen”, an adaptation of the Tony Award winning stage play by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. The film stars Ben Platt who won a Tony himself for starring in the stage version. The first trailer dropped yesterday and is a little hard to read. In fact you wouldn’t even know it was a musical until close to the end when Platt suddenly breaks out in song.
The 27-year-old Platt plays Evan Hansen, an insecure and isolated high school student who pens letters to himself as recommended by his therapist. A classmate played by Colton Ryan snatches one of Evan’s letters hours before committing suicide. The boy’s parents find the letter and think it was written from their son to Evan leading to complicated but well-meaning deception that sees Evan forming a close bond with the grieving family. The film sports quite a cast including Julianne Moore, Amy Adams, Kaitlyn Dever, Amandla Stenberg, and Danny Pino. The trailer really lays on the emotion and sure seems to lay out pretty much the entire story. I’m not sure what to think of it.
“Dear Evan Hansen” opens in theaters September 24th. Check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ll be seeing it or taking a pass.