Welcome to July’s 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:
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.
Before we get to our film predictions, let us take a look at the outcome of our June predictions!
1. X-Men: Dark Phoenix – Meh
Critic Score: 23%
Audience Score: 64%
Production Budget: $200 million
Worldwide: $244 million
Juliana: After all the Internet hate towards this film, the surprisingly decent Audience Score and the fact that it did make budget has turned this Bust into a Meh.
2. Toy Story 4 – BOOM!
Critic Score: 97%
Audience Score: 94%
Production Budget: $200 million
Worldwide: $496 million
Juliana: Disney Pixar has done the impossible and created a wonderful quadrilogy!
3. The Secret Life of Pets 2 – Meh
Critic Score: 57%
Audience Score: 90%
Budget: $80 million
Worldwide: $223 million
Juliana: Whoa! The critics didn’t like this one (including us), but this sequel was a hit with the kids!
4. Men in Black: International – Meh
Critic Score: 22%
Audience Score: 66%
Budget: $110 million
Worldwide: $219 million
Juliana: Once again I’m surprised by the results. It seems that its bad reputation has preceded it. The stats aren’t as bad as one would expect. Critics hated it, but audiences found it “Meh”.
5. Child’s Play – Meh
Critic Score: 61%
Audience Score: 59%
Budget: $10 million
Worldwide: $29 million
Juliana: Considering it cost only $10 million, it seems to have provided at least some form of entertainment. Though it seems this is one franchise that doesn’t have the greatest ROI.
Each “Boom, Bust, or Meh” article will include each writer’s current record next to their name. My record is (71-46), and Tyler Hummel is at (53-35).
Release Date: July 2, 2019
Synopsis: Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, Spider-Man must step up to take on new threats in a world that has changed forever. (IMDB).
Director: Jon Watts
Starring: Tom Holland, Jake Gyllenhaal, Samuel L. Jackson, Zendaya
Juliana Purnell (71-46): BOOM! – The general vibe I’m getting from people is that the excitement towards the MCU has waned. Thanos is gone and everything has to effectively build up once again. Yet people still have a desire to see this film… eventually. I predict the box office earnings will be more sluggish than normal for an MCU outing. However I think it will be a great addition to the MCU, and a decent Spider-Man movie as well, one that will please fans and critics alike.
Tyler Hummel (53-35): BOOM! – I was part of the crowd that didn’t like Spider-Man: Homecoming. I see why people are into it but it’s not the textured, thematically interesting and enthralling version of the character with the Sam Raimi movies. This upcoming sequel promises Mysterio and more Easter eggs for fans of Spider-Man. Honestly, I’m looking forward to when Marvel picks up a more interesting director to make the future sequels they’re planning.
The Lion King
Release Date: July 19, 2019
Synopsis: After the murder of his father, a young lion prince flees his kingdom only to learn the true meaning of responsibility and bravery. (IMDB).
Director: Jon Favreau
Starring: Donald Glover, James Earl Jones, Chiwetel Ejiofor
Juliana Purnell (71-46): Meh – This is a tough one to predict. Out of all of the Disney remakes to date, I feel this is the most experimental. I admire directors for taking a risk and I can appreciate the vision behind this: a hyper-realistic, almost Discovery channel drama. The big question on my mind is whether it’s going to venture straight into uncanny valley territory. Also, will it be too similar to the animated classic? It’s a powerful story with fantastic music, which will carry most fans through, but others might whip it if it fails to justify its existence.
Tyler Hummel (53-35): Meh – I liked The Jungle Book. It was technically spectacular and came out in a severe movie drought in early 2016. That said, this movie has some prospects for being good but I’m not dying to see it. I’m eager for these Disney remakes to end.
Release Date: July 12, 2019
Synopsis: A young woman, while attempting to save her father during a Category 5 hurricane, finds herself trapped in a flooding house and must fight for her life against alligators. (IMDB).
Director: Alexandre Aja
Starring: Kaya Scodelario, Barry Pepper, Ross Anderson
Juliana Purnell (71-46): Meh – There are a few high-caliber films this month, and Crawl is certainly not one of them. This is definitely aiming for B-movie territory. There’s certainly a market for schlocky, ridiculous horrors like this. However, that market may well be watching this film last out of this list. There are simply better films released during the month that are more deserving of someone’s hard-earned money. Still, I predict it’ll be entertaining enough to warrant a “Meh” instead of a “Bust.”
Tyler Hummel (53-35): Meh – This actually looks intermittently interesting. It reminds me of a lot of the recent shark movie The Shallows. Simple premise and immediate personal stakes. That said it may well be more of a schlock B-movie than a great movie.
Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
Release Date: July 26, 2019
Synopsis: A faded television actor and his stunt double strive to achieve fame and success in the film industry during the final years of Hollywood’s Golden Age in 1969 Los Angeles. (IMDB).
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie
Juliana Purnell (71-46): BOOM! – This is the July film that critics have been salivating over. It’s not going to attract the same level of box office attention as Disney/Marvel as the demographic is smaller. However, Quentin Tarantino is practically a brand himself, one that rarely missteps or disappoints. This film may very well kick off the Oscar race for next year.
Tyler Hummel (53-35): BOOM! – Tarantino movies are always amongst the most discussed and beloved films of the year whenever we get them. Not sure if this will be an instant classic like Kill Bill, Inglorious Bastards, and Django Unchained or a forgettable misfire like Deathproof but it’s a must-see film nonetheless!
The Art of Self-Defense
Release Date: July 12, 2019
Synopsis: A man is attacked at random on the street. He enlists at a local dojo, led by a charismatic and mysterious sensei, in an effort to learn how to defend himself. (IMDB).
Director: Riley Stearns
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Alessandro Nivola, Imogen Poots
Juliana Purnell (71-46): Meh – After watching the trailer, this seems to be a pleasant surprise that has seemingly popped up out of nowhere. I haven’t heard a lot of buzz surrounding this movie–so far it seems there are no plans for an international release. However what’s intriguing is that this film seems to scratch that darkly comedic indie-vibe itch, which only comes along every so often in the cinematic world. The problem? Tarantino is in town offering better itch scratchers. I predict this will be a great film, but people’s attitudes will readjust towards it once the same demographic finds more satisfaction in Tarantino’s work. So I’m expecting a BOOM that will slowly level out to a meh (albeit said with gusto).
Tyler Hummel (53-35): BOOM! – I haven’t heard of this one but the reviews coming out of South by Southwest seem pretty good! I’ll give it a shot!
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 July?