What up, GUG film fanatics? Welcome to the last 2016 Boom, Bust, or Meh summer predictions (sob, sob)! For those who are new readers, BBoM is a monthly article series dedicated to predicting up to five films each month, from playful animations to sophisticated dramas. As with every BBoM article, each film receives one of the following scores:
Boom: A film that keeps you entertained from beginning to end.
Bust: A film entertaining only for nitpicking.
Meh: A film that yells, “Are you not entertained?!” when it is just okay.
With that short introduction, let us rack up the votes for 2016’s August films!
Before we get to our film predictions, let us take a look at the outcome of our July predictions!
1. BFG – Meh…
Critic Score: 74%
Audience Score: 62%
Production Budget: $140 million
Worldwide: $91 million
Trey: Not even Disney can get perfect scores and box office sales on every film.
2. The Legend of Tarzan – Meh…
Critic Score: 35%
Audience Score: 67%
Production Budget: $180 million
Worldwide: $311 million
Trey: Quite surprised yet not surprised at Warner Bros. Tarzan adaption.
3. Ghostbusters – Meh…
Critic Score: 73%
Audience Score: 58%
Box Office Production
Budget: $144 million
Worldwide: $158 million
Trey: While the reboot did fairly okay, I didn’t expect much in audience responses.
4. Star Trek: Beyond – BOOM!
Critic Score: 83%
Audience Score: 84%
Production Budget: $185 million
Worldwide: $161 million
Trey: I am quite surprised as to how well the film performed. Well, done, Paramount!
5. The Purge: Election Year – Bust.
Critic Score: 54%
Audience Score: 56%
Box Office Production
Budget: $10 million
Worldwide: $95 million
Trey: Did anyone really expect much from this?
Before we continue, I would to welcome our new BBoM predictor and GUG member, Jonathan Tefft! Always great to have new opinions and voices on the team! Each “Boom, Bust, or Meh” article will include each writer’s current record next to their name. My current record is (23-21). Chris is at (35-23). Jonathan is at (0-0).
Release Date: August 5, 2016
Synopsis: Adapted from DC Comics, intelligence officer Amanda Waller decides to assemble a team of dangerous, incarcerated super villains for a top-secret mission. Figuring it has nothing to lose, the U.S. government supplies weapons to Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Captain Boomerang, and other despicable inmates. Dubbed the Suicide Squad, the united criminals must defeat a mysterious and powerful entity while contending with the antics of the diabolical Joker (Google).
Director: David Ayer
Starring: Jared Leto, Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Viola Davis, Joel Kinnaman, Jai Courtney, Cara Delevingne
Trey Soto (23-21): BOOM! – Being a huge DC fan both of the films and comics, I can honestly say that I am super excited for this film! I had my doubts when watching the first Suicide Squad teaser back at ComicCon 2015, but after the first official trailer with Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, I was all in. My only concern is just how large the Joker’s role will be considering he is not the primary villain yet is heavily pushed by the marketing team. Other than that along with my qualms with Harley Quinn’s costume and Joker’s tattoos, I believe this will be a smash hit for the DCEU, fan wise at least.
Chris Hecox (35-23): BOOM! – My original thoughts on this one for the Christian was to stay far away. My concern was with over the top gore and sex. How could you not expect that kind of content from a movie about ruthless killers given a get-out-of-jail-free card, free to commit violence, while escaping results in certain death? Do I even need to go down the road of why Harley Quinn could be an issue? While a PG-13 rating doesn’t exempt this one, I think it a more likable film to go see at this point. I’m stupid excited to see how this will do, because we might finally have a great DC film that Christopher Nolan didn’t touch. One final thought: I still don’t like whoever decided a “damaged” tattoo wasn’t over the top. Fire that man.
Jonathan Tefft (0-0): BOOM! – I am more excited for Suicide Squad than I am for Doctor Strange and Star Wars: Rogue One. Ever since the Bohemian Rhapsody trailer the hype for this movie has just continued to grow. This movie will have a great opening weekend and will continue to thrive through great word of mouth and repeated viewings. I only hope that we didn’t see all the jokes in the trailers and that this movie isn’t overly dark and serious. Now whereas Batman v Superman was very split between critics and fans, I think the reaction to this movie will be overwhelmingly positive and make us all excited to see where the DCEU goes from here.
Release Date: August 12, 2016
Synopsis: Mr. Meacham, a woodcarver, delights local children with stories of a mysterious dragon that lives deep in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. His daughter Grace believes these are just tall tales, until she meets Pete, a 10-year-old orphan who says he lives in the woods with a giant, friendly dragon. With help from a young girl named Natalie, Grace sets out to investigate if this fantastic claim can be true (Google).
Director: David Lowery
Starring: Robert Redford, Oakes Fegley, Bryce Dallas Howard, Oona Laurence, Karl Urban
Trey Soto (23-21): BOOM! – I do have my concerns with the film compared to the original Disney animated story, however, from what I have heard from friends and critics that have seen the movie in advance, I think this will do very well for both audiences and critics alike. Can’t go wrong with a Disney…well sometimes you can, but with this, I think will do great.
Chris Hecox (35-23): BOOM! – I’m not sure there is enough hype behind this one, but I can buy into it. Early reviews are positive, and the all-star cast is a good measure for that. This isn’t the start of a new IP for Disney, but I think there is a good future for this one.
Jonathan Tefft (0-0): BOOM! – This is a remake that I don’t see riding on nostalgia. I have not seen the original and hardly know anyone who has even heard of it. I’m sure the movie has its die hard fans, I just haven’t met any or seen many of them post about it on social media. From the trailers it looks like a decent family movie but the trailers haven’t impressed me as much as other family movies this year like The BFG or The Jungle Book. Disney has had a stacked year, and this one just doesn’t look as impressive as their other films. I think a lot of other people will feel the same way. Also if a family really wants to see a movie together next month they will hold out and wait to see Kubo and the Two Strings. I know I am.
Release Date: August 26, 2016
Synopsis: Future U.S. President Barack Obama and lawyer Michelle Robinson go on a fateful first date in the summer of 1989 (Google).
Director: Richard Tanne
Starring: Parker Sawyers, Tika Sumpter, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Jerod Haynes
Trey Soto (23-21): BOOM! – Politics and viewpoints of the President aside, I find this movie honestly interesting. An intriguing cast that really fit their characters, a charming storyline … What really is the problem? A minor concern I will have is that the film will have some sort of Democratic message or anything regarding politics. If it that is in the story, I am hoping it is not shoved in the audience’s faces, especially at the end of the film.
Chris Hecox (35-23): Meh… – This looks charming, but I don’t prefer movies about current figures. In fact, I think it wise to wait a while, especially with a film as specific as this one. There is just so much more to a person’s story that it is practically unfair to tell it now. I realize this one takes place way before the present, but the point stands. That said, this casting just looks terrific so far.
Jonathan Tefft (0-0): BOOM! – Honestly, if this movie wasn’t based on Barack and Michelle Obama’s first date than I would call it meh. It just looks like a rather simple romance movie that doesn’t interest me, and that’s coming from a guy who enjoys a good romance movie. But with it being based on the Obamas and the fact that it was made on a budget of only about 1.5 million I’m sure this movie will make its money back and then some.
Release Date: August 19, 2016
Synopsis: A prince endures years of slavery to take vengeance on his adopted brother, a Roman officer who falsely accused him of treason (Google).
Director: Timur Bekmambetov
Starring: Jack Huston, Toby Kebbell, Morgan Freeman, Nazarnin Boniadi
Trey Soto (23-21): Meh… – I admire the directors and writers wanting to pay homage to the original Ben-Hur film in 1959. Heck, the remake was shot in the same studio building as the original. That being said, it looks pretty over bloated in certain areas of special effects.
The other concern I have is that they will go off into a somewhat new direction regarding the involvement of Christ. I am not one of those Christians that calls out Hollywood for getting Christianity wrong, what I am saying is that I want the movie to be accurate to the original along with some new things but nothing that changes the plot entirely. Otherwise, what is the point of remaking a classic? Hope to be proven wrong considering how much I really enjoyed and admired the original.
Chris Hecox (35-23): Meh… – Not enough oomph here to sell tickets, but there is a lot of star power behind the writing, including screenwriters from 12 Years a Slave. Director Timbor Bekmambetov has a long history of average-below average action films. This is what gives me no confidence here.
Jonathan Tefft (0-0): Bust – I am very unsure about how this movie will do. On one hand, it’s a remake of a movie that never once called for a remake, and I don’t think I’ve seen anyone say they are excited to see it. On the other hand this is a faith-based film and those have been doing quite well recently. But a lot of those movies also tend to have low budgets, and this movie looks to have a budget that needs more than just the church audience to go see it to make a profit. I myself look at the trailers and see so many things that just don’t seem to fit right. Like how Morgan Freeman looks like he’s in a different movie and even though I’m a big fan of For King & Country, their music just does not fit the tone of this movie.
Release Date: August 19, 2016
Synopsis: After landing a 300 million dollar deal to arm the Afghan Military, Efraim Diveroli and David Packouz get in over their heads when their new business puts them with some very shady people, not the least of which turns out to be the U.S. Government (Rotten Tomatoes).
Director: Todd Phillips
Starring: Jonah Hill, Miles Teller, Ana de Armas, Bradley Cooper, Eddie Jamison
Trey Soto (23-21): Meh… – Okay, to be honest, I was laughing pretty hard during the trailer, but when I saw that it was based on a true story, I became greatly concerned. While I am not familiar at all with the story, is a true story such as this really that funny? My guess is it will be a dark comedy or a drama with a number of laughable moments. That being said, considering Todd Philips is behind this film, I just have my doubts. I probably will see it for kicks, but am not expecting much from it.
Chris Hecox (35-23): Meh… –
Jonathan Tefft (0-0): Bust – This movie isn’t for me. I am not a fan of this kind of humor but I know there is a demographic that does enjoy it. So looking at it with that demographic in mind this movie looks pretty good. The writing and comedic timing all look good and the chemistry between Jonah Hill and Miles Teller looks great. The reason I say meh is because this movie is competing with Sausage Party which is getting much more buzz over its shock value than War Dogs is getting for its dark comedy. In the end I think a lot of people who want to see a dirty comedy will pick to see Sausage Party over War Dogs.
Thanks for reading this month’s edition! Let us know your predictions in the comment section. Join us next month for another edition of “Boom, Bust, or Meh!”
Are you looking forward to any of these films? What are you predictions? What film are you looking forward to most in August?
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