Boom, Bust, or Meh – April 2024

Welcome to Boom, Bust, or Meh, ladies and gentlemen! This is where we focus on five films released during the month and have some fun predicting their success! As with every BBoM article, each film receives one of the following scores from each participating GUG film critic:

Boom: A film you’ll remember for the rest of the year.

Bust: A film you’ll regret watching.

Meh: A film that entertains during the moment, but has no lasting impact.

At the end of each month, each of the films will be arbitrarily judged and the critic’s ongoing tally will be updated (the score is written beside their name: correct predictions – incorrect predictions).

The Results

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

1. Dune: Part Two – BOOM!

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 93%

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 95%

IMDB Score: 8.8

Box Office

Production Budget: $190 million

Worldwide: $627 million

The wait for the second half was worth it, with Dune: Part Two delivering what audiences desired.

Our review!

2. Kung Fu Panda 4 – Meh

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 72%

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 86%

IMDB Score: 6.5

Box Office

Production Budget: $85 million

Worldwide: $346 million

The story is not as great as its predecessors, but the comedy still lands, upholding this franchise’s above-average quality.

3. Cabrini – BOOM!

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 91%

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 98%

IMDB Score: 7.9

Box Office

Production Budget: $50 million

Worldwide: $18 million

Engaging and faithful to the historical events, many people thought Cabrini was a simple yet solid biographical film.

Our review!

4. Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire – Meh

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 44%

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 83%

IMDB Score: 6.5

Box Office

Production Budget: $100 million

Worldwide: $108 million

This latest entry to the franchise languishes under its own nostalgia, not brave enough to truly develop into something new.

5. Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire – Meh

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 54%

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 92%

IMDB Score: 6.7

Box Office

Budget: $135 million

Worldwide: $195 million

The critics didn’t slam this vapid story as much as expected, as the monster-mash spectacle was entertaining, even though there wasn’t much else to admire.

Our review!

New Releases

Each “Boom, Bust, or Meh” article will include each writer’s current record next to their name. My record is (156-130).

Warning: This trailer features multiple examples of physical assault, with depictions of blood.

Monkey Man

Rating: R

Release Date: April 5, 2024

Synopsis: 

An anonymous young man unleashes a campaign of vengeance against the corrupt leaders who murdered his mother and continue to systemically victimize the poor and powerless. (IMDB)

Director: Dev Patel

Starring: Dev Patel, Sharlto Copley, Pitobash

The Predictions

Juliana Purnell (156-130): BOOM! – I’ve long thought there is an urge amongst modern Western society to see more martial art films. After a good decade of superhero tales along with CGI action sequences, there’s now a desire to watch something more authentic. The John Wick franchise has created an appreciation for fight choreography, whilst RRR introduced a lot of people to Bollywood and their style of action. Drawing upon his own Hindu Indian background, Dev Patel has worked on Monkey Man in some capacity for the past ten years. His name may not be synonymous with the action genre, but he seems to have the dedication to challenge and change his public image in this area. He looks amazing in the trailer, and Monkey Man seems like it’ll scratch a few things that people have been itching to see. If the action is good, then positive reviews will follow.  

Civil War

Rating: R

Release Date: April 12, 2024

Synopsis:  A journey across a dystopian future America, following a team of military-embedded journalists as they race against time to reach DC before rebel factions descend upon the White House. (IMDB)

Director: Alex Garland

Starring: Nick Offerman, Kirsten Dunst, Wagner Moura

The Predictions

Juliana Purnell (156-130): BOOM! – As an Australian, this one a little bit hard to judge, as Civil War will hit differently for overseas audiences. International viewers may find the given circumstances too outlandish or exaggerated, whereas for Americans the concept of a civil war has been plaguing the psyche for a while. Timely, given it’s releasing in yet another controversial election year, I think a lot of American audiences will seek out this film in cinemas if only out of morbid curiosity, and it will generate a lot of discussion as a result. Alex Garland has a wonderful filmography, directing some great films in the past, although not all of them resonate well with the general public. I’m not sure if he’s going to stick the landing, and the ending might be too esoteric for casual viewers to appreciate. But if Civil War ends up being the talk of the town, generating its own pop culture phenomenon, then any faults might be overlooked as a result.

Warning: This trailer contains a number of violent deaths.

The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare

Rating: Not yet rated

Release Date: April 19, 2024

Synopsis: The British military recruits a small group of highly skilled soldiers to strike against German forces behind enemy lines during World War II. (IMDB)

Director: Guy Ritchie

Starring: Henry Cavill, Alan Ritchson, Alex Pettyfer

The Predictions

Juliana Purnell (156-130): Meh – It’s a Guy Ritchie film, and he’s not everyone’s taste when it comes to directors. Actors such as Henry Cavill may be a drawcard, but the story’s style might prove too energetic for some. Apparently based off a true story, I don’t see the film going wildly off kilter; it’s not going to be bad. I just don’t see this project as being universally loved.

Warning: This trailer depicts sasquatch mating habits.

Sasquatch Sunset

Rating: R

Release Date: April 19, 2024

Synopsis: A year in the life of a unique family. It captures the daily life of the Sasquatch with a level of detail and rigor that is simply unforgettable. (IMDB)

Directors: David Zellner, Nathan Zellner

Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Riley Keough, Christophe Zajac-Denek

The Predictions

Juliana Purnell (156-130): Bust – There were a lot of other, more popular films I could have chosen to feature this month, but how can one go past the sasquatch nature mockumentary that got accepted into Sundance? I know I viewed the trailer, but I still don’t know what I watched. Sasquatch Sunset exudes The Star Wars Holiday Special vibes. Are they just going to grunt the whole time? Is this a film where Jesse Eisenberg doesn’t speak? Is it meant to be wholesome or vulgar? I have many questions. But I bet at the end of the year, many people will be asking their friends, “hey, did you watch that weird sasquatch movie?” I think this film is going to be viewed as joke, and whatever pathos it develops will be undermined by its inclusion of crude humour, but it’s certainly going to be a unique experience. Films like this don’t come along every day.

Unsung Hero

Rating: PG

Release Date: April 26, 2024

Synopsis: The movie also follows the family’s mother, Helen Smallbone, as she uses her faith to hold the family of nine together by turning struggles into an adventure for her children. (IMDB)

Directors: Richard L. Ramsey, Joel Smallbone

Starring: Daisy Betts, Joel Smallbone, Kirrilee Berger

The Predictions

Juliana Purnell (156-130): Meh – There are a number of faith-based or feel-good movies releasing this month (Someone Like You, The Long Game, and Hard Miles), but Unsung Hero appears to be the most competent of the lot. Pulling in the same vibe and demographic as I Still Believe and I Can Only Imagine, it may also attract the same problems as well; while it will appeal to many, it might be too trite for critics and wider audiences. As such, while it may be a hit amongst Christian circles, it’ll simply be a saccharine-drenched drama for everyone else.

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 your predictions? What film are you looking forward to most in April?

Juliana Purnell

After obtaining a Bachelor of Dramatic Arts, Juliana Purnell has enjoyed a successful acting career, working within theme parks, businesses, and on film sets. She has also taken on crew roles, both in film and theatrical productions. When Juliana isn't working, she enjoys watching movies of all genres at the cinema, writing, and playing with Samson, her pomeranian.

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