Don’t Miss “Dear Evan Hansen”

My bride and I went to the movies last night to see “Dear Evan Hansen.”

The advertisements intrigued me. I did some research…most critics hated it; most fans loved it.

Color me the latter.

Unique. Intriguing. Surprising.

Phenomenally acted; especially by the lead actor (portraying Evan…he also starred in the Broadway musical).

It tackles mental illness.

If you, as a Christian, think (using the term loosely) depression, anxiety etc are always evidences of demonic activity; or if you feel medication is unnecessary for such issues; don’t bother reading (and don’t bother “correcting” me).

It is, I guess, officially a musical. (but, then, so also was one of my favorites – “The Greatest Showman”)

I don’t want to put out any spoilers…

I simply urge you to see it.

I very, very rarely watch a movie twice…

But this one I will…

And if the Broadway show travels to the midwest…I’ll try to see it.

Here’s my favorite song from the movie…yeah, it doesn’t take much to make it work as a “Christian” song:

Author: Jack Hager

Jesus invaded my life shortly after my arrest at age 26. I spent the first few years of my new life incarcerated. Went to Bible school after parole; have served with Kansas City Youth For Christ, Headwaters Christian Youth (Rhinelander, Wi), Family Life Ministries (Bath, NY), and now with Midland Ministries (Saint Joseph, Mo). Married with four children, work with youth, adults, inmates. Heavily involved in Bible quizzing for four decades. Narrow minded about Jesus and the gospel; fairly open minded about most other things. Speak in churches, camps (both teen and family), civic groups, public schools, Christian schools and colleges...amazed I get to do what I get to do....favorite verse Romans 15.13 "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing so that you, by the power of the Holy Spirit, may overflow with hope."

5 thoughts on “Don’t Miss “Dear Evan Hansen””

  1. The music of this show is incredibly powerful. There are a lot of deep themes that run concurrent to Christianity. I’m glad you liked the movie. I have some friends who really love the show. However, I have seen the musical on stage and was highly disappointed. It is not anything like musicals usually are (Hamilton is more of a classic musical than Dear Evan Hansen) and overall has a highly unlikeable (almost hateable) main character. We can all relate to Evan’s selfishness, but in the stage show there really isn’t much repentance or redemption and, quite honestly, not much hope either. I left the theatre feeling depressed and angry; in my opinion a musical shouldn’t make you leaving the theatre that way. Anyway, I’ve heard they’ve altered the ending of the film so there is a bit of redemption. I’ll probably see it at some point, but, like Jersey Boys, it doesn’t seem like a good theatrical production to adapt to film.

    1. I’ve not seen the stage play…the film ending made sense to me. The songwriting duo is anazing…I understand one is a churchgoing straight father; the other a guy, non-religious Jew. They met in college..

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