Boom, Bust, or Meh: November 2016 – Geeks Under Grace

Hello, GUG fans, and welcome to November’s edition of Boom, Bust, or Meh! To those new to GUG, BBoM is a monthly article series that is dedicated to predicting 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 that is worth investing in.
Bust: A film that isn’t worth the dollar bin.
Meh: A film that may or may not be worth the watch.
With that short introduction, let us rack up the prediction for 2016’s November films!

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The Results

Before we get to our film predictions, let us take a look at the outcome of our September predictions!

1. Inferno – Bust.

Rotten Tomatoes
Critic Score: 20%
Audience Score: 42%
Box Office
Production Budget: $75 million 
Worldwide: $90 million
Trey: It’s nothing but repeat of the previous sequels. 

2. Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life – Meh…

Rotten Tomatoes
Critic Score: 56%
Audience Score: 66%
Box Office
Production Budget: $8.5 million
Worldwide: $17 million
Trey: Barely passing the “Meh…” borderline. 

3. Keeping Up With the Joneses – Bust. 

Rotten Tomatoes
Critic Score: 19%
Audience Score: 56%
Box Office Production
Budget: $40 million
Worldwide: $10 million
Trey: I didn’t expect much, but I certainly wasn’t expecting that. 

4. The Girl on the Train – Bust.

Rotten Tomatoes
Critic Score: 44%
Audience Score: 55%
Box Office
Production Budget: $45 million
Worldwide: $106 million
Trey: I actually enjoyed this movie and the book, so this really surprises me. 
Our Review!

5. The Accountant – Meh…

Rotten Tomatoes
Critic Score: 50%
Audience Score: 86%
Box Office Production
Budget: $44 million
Worldwide: $62 million
Trey: An entertaining film until the last half hour. 
Our Review!
Each “Boom, Bust, or Meh” article will include each writer’s current record next to their name. My current record is (30-27) and Jonathan is at (6-7). 

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Doctor Strange

Rating: PG-13
Release Date: November 4, 2016
Synopsis: Dr. Stephen Strange’s life changes after a car accident robs him of the use of his hands. When traditional medicine fails him, he looks for healing, and hope, in a mysterious enclave. He quickly learns that the enclave is at the front line of a battle against unseen dark forces bent on destroying reality. Before long, Strange is forced to choose between his life of fortune and status or leave it all behind to defend the world as the most powerful sorcerer in existence (Google). 
Director: Scott Derikson
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton, Rachel McAdams, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Mads Mikkelson, Michael Stuhlbad, Benedict Wong.

The Prediction

Trey Soto (30-27): BOOM! – A couple of weeks ago, I was able to attend an exclusive fifteen minute footage screening and let me tell you, Marvel fans and general audiences are in for a great new story! This will be the first time that Marvel deals with the spiritual and mythical realm of superheroes along with the idea of multiple realities aka the multiverse. Benedict Cumberbatch certainly nails the character both in appearance and in his portrayal before and after gaining mythical powers. The visual effects are stunning and the action is great, and that was just fifteen minutes! I can only imagine what the rest of the film has to offer as I put my complete confidence in Marvel’s next film! 
Jonathan Tefft (6-7): BOOM! – I’m at the point where I believe Marvel Studios can do no wrong. No matter what, their movies will at least be good and will always crush it at the box office. All that said I do think that Doctor Strange will have a weaker opening weekend than most other Marvel movies just because he’s not as well-known of a character with the general audience. But similar to Ant-Man I believe Doctor Strange will have fantastic word of mouth. It also has so many unique things going for it that make it stand out from the rest of the Marvel movies. Super A-list talent with Benedict Cumberbatch, a very distinct style that I’ve only seen compared to Inception, and an origin story that feels to be different than nearly every superhero movie that has come before it.
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Hacksaw Ridge

Rating: R
Release Date: November 4, 2016
Synopsis: Based on the true story, Desmond T. Doss (Andrew Garfield) is a Seventh Day Adventist who follows in his family’s footsteps as he enlists to serve his country in the Second World War. While his dedication is strong and skills as a medic are high, his conviction of not killing by using a gun nearly prevents him from transferring to the battlefield in Okinawa. Through enemy fire on enemy territory, he pursues every injured soldier to save their lives without the use of a weapon to protect himself (Soto’s Photos). 
Director: Mel Gibson
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Teressa Palmer, Hugo Weaving, Vince Vaughn, 

The Prediction

Trey Soto (30-27): BOOM! – I was able to gain a pre-screening of Hacksaw Ridge this past week on October 26 and to be honest, I enjoyed it, but I have my doubts of how it will do with general audiences. I say this because 1.) the first half felt rushed and 2.) due to how much Christianity plays a part in the film, I fear that it may be a turn off to critics and general audiences. That being said, it is a true story and it is a fact that Private Doss was this dedicated to God. War wise, the film really captures the reality and terrors on the battle of Okinawa, so it may have a chance. While I do have my concerns, I will put my faith in the film and see how well it does!
Jonathan Tefft (6-7): BOOM! – I am beyond excited for this movie! I’m a big fan of war movies, but this one feels different than the usual. Where so often we see war movies full of violence and death, it’s great to see one that focuses on someone trying to help save people amongst all the killing. To back up this great story is an awesome cast. Andrew Garfield looks to be giving the best performance of his career and I’ll bet that Sam Worthington, Teresa Palmer, Vince Vaughn, and Hugo Weaving will all give excellent performances as well. You can say what you want about Mel Gibson’s personal life, but he is a great film maker and it looks like he’s done it again with Hacksaw Ridge.

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Rating: PG-13
Release Date: November 18, 2016
Synopsis: The year is 1926, and Newt Scamander has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident, were it not for a No-Maj named Jacob, a misplaced magical case, and the escape of some of Newt’s fantastic beasts, which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds (Google). 
Director: David Yates II
Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterton, Ezra Miller, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton, Jon Voight

The Predictions

Trey Soto (30-27): BOOM! – Harry Potter has been popular for years now, nearly decades, and to see spin-offs such as this are great. It’s both cannon and something new to the Harry Potter universe. I can honestly say that I am completely excited and expect nothing less from the series. My only concern is that those of the general audience will have a hard time with it since it is not technically Harry Potter-related in the sense that these are completely new characters of a different time period dealing with magic. Other than that, I think this will do very well among audiences and hopefully in the box office. 
Jonathan Tefft (6-7): BOOM! – I’ll start by saying I am not a Harry Potter fan. I haven’t read the books and have only seen the first movie. It’s not that I don’t like what I have seen, I’m just not as drawn to it as others. That said, this movie looks really good! I hope that the fans of Harry Potter love it cause if they don’t than it could be just a meh, in terms of box office. However, if it is great, and it looks like it’s going to be, this movie could have the biggest box office of the month.

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Rating: PG-13
Release Date: November 10, 2016
Synopsis: When mysterious spacecraft touch down across the globe, an elite team–lead by expert linguist Louise Banks–are brought together to investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers–and to find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity (Rotten Tomatoes). 
Director: Denis Villenueve
Starring: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forrest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg, Tzi Ma

The Prediction

Trey Soto (30-27): BOOM! – Aside from the fact that I enjoy science-fiction, this one has a strong director behind it, Denis Villenueve. Denis has been well-known for creating sophisticated and psychological films such as Prisoners (2013) and Sicario (2015). According to Indie Wire, Denis along with Amy Adams want to make science-fiction real again, rather than being melodramatic and over the top. Based on the trailer, Arrival indeed has a realistic tone that makes you feel claustrophobic with the thought, “What is going to happen?” We shall find out, but as far as my prediction goes, I think this will do very well. 
Jonathan Tefft (6-7): BOOM! – This might be my most anticipated movie of the month simply because I know almost nothing about it. After I saw the first teaser I purposefully stayed away from any other trailers or news about it so to not have any of it spoiled. I love the cast with Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, and Forest Whitaker. And it’s directed by the same guy who made Sicario! I want this to be great and I don’t think it will be hard for it to make back its budget and then some, and I’ve already heard critics raving about it!

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Moana

Rating: PG
Release Date: November 22, 2016
Synopsis: During her journey to save her people, an adventurous young woman named Moana meets the once-mighty demigod Maui, who guides her in her quest to become a master way-finder. Together they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds. Along the way, Moana fulfills the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers the one thing she always sought: her own identity (Google). 
Directors: Ron Clements & John Musker
Starring: Auli’i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Jemaine Clement, Alan Tudyk, Rachel House, Temura Morrison

The Predictions

Trey Soto (30-27): BOOM! – You really can’t go wrong with Disney these days and the fact that they have a completely new character of an ethnicity that has not been touched (debatable if you count Lilo & Stitch) makes it even more interesting. It also will allow children to look up to yet another Disney figure who dares to dream and pursue a higher calling at a young age, something children will be inspired by in their own lives. Also, being a WWE fan, you really can’t go wrong with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson voicing a Demigod. I have complete faith in Disney’s representation of this film and greatly look forward to it!
Jonathan Tefft (6-7): BOOM! – Everything about this movie has me sold on it. The music is fun, the animation is beautiful, and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is in it! The only competition against Moana is Trolls which will have come out three weeks before it and honestly Trolls doesn’t look very good. I think it is almost insane how if Moana is great then we will have had three great animated movies from Disney in just one year! It could certainly make the Oscar nominations for best animated picture very interesting.

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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 November?

Trey Soto

Trey Soto holds a B.A. in Communication Studies from Biola University, emphasis in Interpersonal/Rhetorical Theory. He has been a Film Critic/Analysis for over a year at Geeks Under Grace and other websites such as Temple of Geek. In his spare time, he enjoys comic book literature, screenwriting, production assistant freelancing, photography, cosplay, and hosting his own film podcast T.V. Trey on Podbean and iTunes.

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