DEAR EVAN HANSEN MOVIE REVIEW
Today is going to be a good day, and here’s why. Today, I get to listen to the review of “Dear Evan Hansen,” the film adaptation of the Tony Award winning Broadway musical. The play and film follow Evan’s journey from outcast to feeling like he finally belongs, as a misunderstanding leads people to believe he was the best friend of Connor Murphy, a classmate who commits suicide. And Ben Platt even returns to play the role of the anxiety-ridden teenager he helped create. …Except that he looks almost 30. And the fact that his father co-produces the film screams of favoring nepotism over story. Reviewers Mindy, Harmoni, and Frank discuss how they wish that everything was different…that anything it said mattered. But let’s face it: would anyone even notice if it disappeared tomorrow? Sincerely, Me.
DIRECTED BY: Stephen Chbosky
STARRING: Ben Platt, Amy Adams, Julianne Moore, Kaitlyn Dever, Amandla Stenberg, Nik Dodani, Danny Pino, Colton Ryan, DeMarius Copes, Liz Kate, Issac Cole Powell, Zoey Luna, Avery Bederman, Gerald Caesar, Tommy Kane, Marvin Leon, Hadiya Eshé, Julia Chen Myers, Mariana Alvarez, Swift Rice
Mindy Rast-Keenan (Screener Squad, Highly Suspect Reviews)
Having grown up in Nairobi, Kenya, and being very disappointed at the lack of riding elephants her cartoons had promised her, Mindy spends the majority of her time as a film, theater, and voice over actress in the Austin, Texas area. They still give her money for being on HBO that one time, with her name in the credits spelled wrong. A nerdy geek, this award-winning actress joined One of Us figuring she’d put her summa cum laude BFA acting degree to good use…by judging other people’s acting. In the few seconds she gets to herself, Mindy bakes for charity, knits eccentric plushies, plays original RPG’s with her gamemaster husband, and spends time with her soulmate, Batman.
Harmoni Anderson (Screener Squad, Highly Suspect Reviews, Unstabletop Gaming)
Harmoni is a mermaid-haired, millennial, rum drinking, Section 31, Slytherin (who’s divorced J.K. Rowling) preschool/nursery teacher and multi genre geek who also loves all things film, tv, fashion, makeup, and an embarrassingly huge BTS stan. Like really embarrassing. As in, mention them and then sit back and watch the insanity. Harmoni likes being able to game and talk movies/TV with people that aren’t 3 feet tall or all that demanding of her. Plus she can curse at us and not get fired….so bonus!
Frank Calvillo (Highly Suspect Reviews, Screener Squad)
Born and raised in South Texas, Frank currently lives in Austin and has been in love with movies ever since his father showed him some Three Stooges shorts when he was five years old. Today he loves all kinds of film, regardless of era, country, budget or genre. He believes every film has an audience and is at least one person’s favorite movie. After writing for Sight & Sound and Slackerwood, he now writes for Cinapse where his increasingly random taste in all flavors of cinema (from Rashomon to Mars Attacks!) continues to thrive. His ultimate goal is to write a script for his boyhood crush, Michelle Pfeiffer.
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