Dear Evan Hansen’s box office performance ‘almost as bad as Cats’

Dear Evan Hansen’s box office performance ‘almost as bad as Cats’
Many critics took issue with a 28-year-old Ben Platt starring as a teenage high-school student

親愛なるエヴァンハンセン, the film adaptation of the hit ブロードウェイ ミュージカル, is being pummelled at the うける after negative reviews from critics.

による 締め切り, the film opened on $3.6m (£2.6m) 金曜日に 24 September at the US box office and is now close to a weekend total of $7.2m (£5.3m).

The publication notes that this is not far away from the devastating box-office result for , another Broadway film adaptation from ユニバーサル, which opened to a disastrous $6.5m (£5m) over the Christmas holidays.

親愛なるエヴァンハンセン, Ben Platt reprises his role as high school student Evan, who feels anxious and isolated until a letter he wrote for a writing exercise falls into the hands of a grieving couple, whose son took his own life.

The decision to cast the 28-year-old Platt in the role of a 17-year-old caused some controversy. Platt defended the move by pointing out that the film “probably wouldn’t get made” if he had not been involved.

Reviews of the film have been largely negative. ザ・ニューヨーク・タイムズ called it “treacly and manipulative”, accusing it of turning “villain into victim and grief into an exploitative vulnerability”.

Screen Rant said the movie “lacks awareness about its central character” and has “nothing interesting or deep to say about mental health”.

Other reviews branded it “baffling”, “cringeworthy” and “painful”, with many noting the glaring issue of Platt’s age.

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