Film adaptation of the Tony and Grammy Award-winning musical about Evan Hansen, a high school senior with Social Anxiety disorder and his journey of self-discovery and acceptance following the suicide of a fellow classmate.
All in, a thrilling and compelling experience that demands to be watched even if it is not for everyone.
By the end, I think I positively disliked just about all of them.
Theatre has an intimacy between the actors and the audience that allows us license to not worry so much about how we got to the scenario being played out before us - we can use the acting and the music to play that through, to engender pathos, empathy, humour even.
The original story is nuanced, the issues it addresses of loneliness, emptiness, low self-esteem are valid but here they just get sucked into a gloopy series of clunkily put together set-piece scenes that really don't illicit much beyond a cringe now and again.