Dear Evan Hansen Kicks Off #TIFF21: Our Members React

September 10, 2021

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In the spirit of the Toronto International Film Festival‘s 2021 hybrid edition, our critics are split! The festival kicked off yesterday with the big screen adaptation of Dear Evan Hansen. Some members of the TFCA crew were taken by its unabashed cheese, while others deemed it a hate crime against cinema. Some members don’t seem to mind the casting of 27-year-old Ben Platt as a high school student, although even the positive side admits a level of creepiness.


View from the balcony:

On the plus side

Perhaps Stephen Chbosky should have opted for the de-aging VFX  a la The Irishman


We’re not sure if Glenn and Rad are referring to the same scene.


Tina’s back! (Although she probably wishes it was for a different assignment…)

Other members eat the cheese up.

And others cut right through it.

Meanwhile, as the jury debates Evan Hansen’s fate, some other members braved TIFF Digital Platform for their own opening night alternatives.

Catching up with a Sundance stand-out

Courtney Small raves about the TIFF Docs opener:

And Barry reminds us that there’s no place like home:


Stay tuned for more member reactions throughout the festival!