Film Preview: Dear Evan Hansen (2021)

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Page Revisions:

(May 23, 2021) Original
(September 19, 2021) New Posters (#2-#5)
(September 26, 2021) New Trailer (#2)

Release Date:

September 24, 2021


From IMDb: “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.”

Poster Rating: C- / D / B / C / C-

Review: (#1) A lacking design with few distinctive colors, which wash out the dully-clothed central figure. The letter at the top sufficiently explains one element of the narrative while ultimately leaving the whole rather confused.

(#2) This Japanese design is unappealing with a vacant white backdrop and absolutely no flare. (#3) The best design by far with a lot of interesting tidbits mixed in with a pattern that’s almost unidentifiable. (#4) A black-and-blue background with a lot of unappealing text and an unappealing central figure, this design is rather uninspired. (#5) not far removed from the other designs, which makes it overall wasteful.

Trailer Rating: B+ / B-

Review: (#1) A surprisingly evocative trailer that will speak to all the “loners” out there and give them hope that their struggles may be recognized with this film.

(#2) This extended trailer gives a strong look at the music from the film and while many of the elements of the first trailer are here, there are more hints at the plot and it turns the concept from a film about loners finding one another, but turns it into a film about mental illness, but not a terribly engaging one at that.

Oscar Prospects:

This could be an underdog story as it was when it ran on Broadway. A lot will depend on if it can hold out from September into December since September is not a great month for Oscar contenders to debut.

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