Boom, Bust, or Meh – June 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 June, let us take a look at the outcome of our May predictions!

1. The Fall Guy – BOOM!

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 81%

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 86%

IMDB Score: 7.0

Box Office

Production Budget: $130 million

Worldwide: $158 million

Yes, it flopped at the box office, though that’s the metric that impacts this score the least, because these days a film’s financial success has no bearing on whether it was a good film or not. The Fall Guy impressed audiences with its stunts, even though the plot wore thin at times.

2. Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes – Meh

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 80%

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 78%

IMDB Score: 7.2

Box Office

Production Budget: $160 million

Worldwide: $337 million

Despite only lukewarm interest in the franchise, it seems audiences still rated this film high enough to warrant it worthy of attention.

3. IF – Meh

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 49%

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 88%

IMDB Score: 6.7

Box Office

Production Budget: $110 million

Worldwide: $138 million

Critics felt IF missed the mark as the pacing was too slow for kids and not witty enough for adults, though general audiences were still moved by the story’s sentimentality.

4. Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga – BOOM!

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 90%

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 90%

IMDB Score: 7.9

Box Office

Production Budget: $168 million

Worldwide: $114 million

Contentious at the moment due to its lacklustre box office performance, many agree that it’s still a great film regardless as to whether or not people are catching it in cinemas.

Our review!

5. The Garfield Movie – Meh

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 36%

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 80%

IMDB Score: 5.9

Box Office

Budget: $60 million

Worldwide: $152 million

Kids loved it, critics hated it.

New Releases

Each “Boom, Bust, or Meh” article will include each writer’s current record next to their name. My record is (162-134), and Tyler Hummel’s is (96-89).

Bad Boys: Ride or Die

Rating: R

Release Date: June 7, 2024

Synopsis: When their former captain is implicated in corruption, two Miami police officers have to work to clear his name. (IMDB)

Directors: Adil El Arbi, Bilall Fallah

Starring: Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Vanessa Hudgens

The Predictions

Juliana Purnell (162-134): Bust – I feel like the market is currently flooded with this type of movie. Unless it’s superb in one way or another, I just don’t see how it’s going to stand out and wow audiences. No one was really asking for a fourth film in this franchise, although this seems to be a safe return for Will Smith after his slap-happy debacle at the Oscars a few years back. I’m not expecting anything amazing here, and I suspect these characters are just edging on being too old to carry on the same vibe they shared in their heyday.  

Tyler Hummel (96-89): BOOM! – It is a curious thing that one of the last mainstream hits before the COVID pandemic, alongside Sonic the Hedgehog and The Invisible Man, was a legacy sequel to the Bad Boys franchise. The third Bad Boys movie was curious as it wasn’t great but it was also a weirdly somber late-period sequel to two of the most irresponsible and angry action movies ever made. Without Michael Bay at the helm, it will be curious to see how this buddy cop franchise continues to move forward. 

The Watchers

Rating: PG-13

Release Date: June 7, 2024

Synopsis:  A young artist gets stranded in an extensive, immaculate forest in western Ireland, where, after finding shelter, she becomes trapped alongside three strangers, stalked by mysterious creatures each night. (IMDB)

Director: Ishana Shyamalan

Starring: Dakota Fanning, Olwen Fouéré, Georgina Campbell

The Predictions

Juliana Purnell (162-134): BOOM! – There’s already a lot of intrigue surrounding Ishana Shyamalan’s directorial film debut. Say what you want about her father, but he is masterful with his camerawork, and it’s easy to see his stylistic influences have been passed on to his daughter. The production values look fantastic. But what about the story? The trailer successfully teases something unique, which is always welcome in the horror genre. It’s a great little mysterious scenario, and it just needs a satisfying conclusion. That ending is what is going to make or break this film. If it does end up decent, then The Watchers could easily become that nicely packaged horror film that’s easily recommended for people looking for something outside of typical genre niches. It might be gimmicky, but sometimes that’s what makes things famous and memorable. Hopefully she doesn’t follow in her father’s footsteps in entertaining an abysmal twist; here’s hoping that since this is her first movie, she’s picked to develop the strongest, most conceptualized story idea she’s had on her mind.

Tyler Hummel (96-89): Meh – What is a good premise that looks great on paper but dull in practice? A Shyamalan movie (rimshot). In all seriousness, there’s a good premise to a horror film like this, but it also looks weirdly cheap. Its trailers are selling it on a shocking reveal, and therefore it will likely be disappointing when the reveal isn’t as shocking as we want it to be.  

Inside Out 2

Rating: PG

Release Date: June 14, 2024

Synopsis: Follow Riley, in her teenage years, encountering new emotions. (IMDB)

Director: Kelsey Mann

Starring: Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Lewis Black

The Predictions

Juliana Purnell (162-134): BOOM! – Inside Out was one of the rare films I rated 10/10. It’s by far my favourite Pixar film, just because it’s so clever and unique in its storytelling. Part of me wishes there wasn’t a sequel because I don’t want the original one tarnished should it flop, but there’s another part of me that’s incredibly excited to see how they develop this little ‘inside’ world further. Puberty is the perfect subject matter for such a narrative concept, and I’m looking forward to the jokes and the insights they might present. There’s so much goodwill overflowing from the first movie that all they need to do is just stay the course. Nothing fancy; just well-rounded, universally themed storytelling. With Pixar (and Disney’s) latest string of disappointments, I think people will just be happy if this is average or better.

Tyler Hummel (96-89): Bust – Late-period Pixar is frustrating, to the point that I checked out after Soul and haven’t bothered to go back and watch recent films. Inside Out is one of my favorite movies of all time, and I listed it as my favorite film in 2015 for that reason. Nine years later, a sequel that looks this obvious and shallow isn’t exciting. It’s another notch in a film studio that’s struggling to remember what made it excellent in the first place, and that applies to both Pixar or Disney. 

Warning: The f-bomb is dropped twice in this trailer.

Kinds of Kindness

Rating: R

Release Date: June 21, 2024

Synopsis: A man seeks to break free from his predetermined path, a cop questions his wife’s demeanor after her return from a supposed drowning, and a woman searches for an extraordinary individual prophesied to become a renowned spiritual guide. (IMDB)

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos

Starring: Emma Stone, Jesse Plemons, Willem Dafoe

The Predictions

Juliana Purnell (162-134): Meh – Kudos for having a trailer that simply intrigues and resists the urge to reveal every single detail of the plot. I am a fan of Yorgos Lanthimos’ work, and I have appreciated all of his previous films for his daringness to experiment with acting styles, dark comedy, and offering social critique through bizarre scenarios and artfully pointed etiquette. I don’t think Kinds of Kindness will be different in this regard. Yet the fact this film has been held back to essentially ride the coattails of Poor Things suggests to me that the studio knows this one is a little too niche, subtle, or otherwise underwhelming to be able to stand on its own two feet. I’m sure it’s still a great film, but it’s not exactly going to hold a candle to some of Lanthimos’ more accessible projects.

Tyler Hummel (96-89): BOOM! – I’m of two minds the works of Yorgos Lanthimos and his recent work. His works are often quite critically renowned, and for good reasons. They’re complex and artful, filled with original ideas and bold creative decisions. That said, I don’t tend to click with them. His most recent film Poor Things was an Oscar-winning success, but it was also unsettling and put a lot of audiences off for its crass sexuality, as did The Favourite before it. On the other hand, Jesse Plemons performances don’t miss… 

A Quiet Place: Day One

Rating: PG-13

Release Date: June 28, 2024

Synopsis: A woman named Sam must survive an invasion in New York City by bloodthirsty alien creatures with ultrasonic sound hearing. (IMDB)

Director: Michael Sarnoski

Starring: Joseph Quinn, Djimon Hounsou, Alex Wolff

The Predictions

Juliana Purnell (162-134): BOOM! – I must admit, I wasn’t entirely convinced until I watched the latest trailer. A Quiet Place was a very tense and atmospheric film, but it was also incredibly gimmicky with a lot of things not making a whole lot of practical sense. The sequel was well produced, but it was more of the same and it featured the same issues. Day One might be different. First of all, it’s giving audiences what they want, as I’m sure I’m not the only one who has wondered how people figured out they need to stay silent. And it’s possibly going to address some of the more problematic things shown in the other films, as we get to follow these people on the same learning curve as to how to navigate the world, as opposed to jumping ahead to months later where sandbags are the flooring of choice. If you watch it at the cinema, at least no one’s going to have the guts to talk through this one.

Tyler Hummel (96-89): BOOM! – Pig is one of the best films of the past decade. Naturally, Hollywood scooped up its director to make a big-budget prequel to one of the most popular horror franchises of late. While John Krasinski is busy handling the fallout of IF‘s box office disaster, his franchise is moving on into new territory. The trailers make the unconventional first two films look like more of a conventional science fiction film, which could be a poor choice but that remains to be seen.

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 June?

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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