Boom, Bust, or Meh – March 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).

Now you may have noticed there wasn’t an article released for February 2024. My apologies—I was overseas during that time with little to no Internet access. However, this does mean that we have the opportunity to have a look at our predictions for January and see whether the longer time period did those films any favours.

The Results

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

1. Night Swim – Bust

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 22%

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 43%

IMDB Score: 4.7

Box Office

Production Budget: $15 million

Worldwide: $51 million

It made a tidy packet at the box office, despite the story’s premise being more suited to a shorter storytelling format, wearing too thin for a feature length piece.

2. Mean Girls – Meh

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 70%

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 62%

IMDB Score: 5.9

Box Office

Production Budget: $36 million

Worldwide: $103 million

A decent film that captured the essence of the original, but failed to ultimately stand on its own feet.

3. The Beekeeper – Meh

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 71%

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 92%

IMDB Score: 6.4

Box Office

Production Budget: $34 million

Worldwide: $150 million

An enjoyable retrograde action film that’s just that tiny bit too generic to really have a longer lasting impact on the industry at large.

Our review!

4. The Book of Clarence – Meh

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 68%

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 80%

IMDB Score: 5.7

Box Office

Production Budget: $40 million

Worldwide: $6 million

An earnest satire, audiences found the film to be tonally inconsistent, ultimately unsure what the end production wished to be.

Our review!

5. I.S.S. – Meh

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 62%

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 43%

IMDB Score: 5.3

Box Office

Budget: $13.8 million

Worldwide: $6 million

I.S.S. delivered a thrilling premise, but its slow pacing and the lack of a satisfying conclusion made it difficult for audiences to recommend.

New Releases

Each “Boom, Bust, or Meh” article will include each writer’s current record next to their name. My record is (153-128).

Dune: Part Two

Rating: PG-13

Release Date: March 1, 2024

Synopsis: Paul Atreides unites with Chani and the Fremen while seeking revenge against the conspirators who destroyed his family. (IMDB)

Director: Denis Villeneuve

Starring: Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson

The Predictions

Juliana Purnell (153-128): BOOM! – I’m cheating a bit here as Dune: Part Two was released a day earlier in Australia compared to the United States, so I’ve already seen the film. It’s a beautifully shot, steadily paced science fiction movie that’s very much a continuation of the previous film. Essentially, if you loved the first, then you’ll also love this second instalment. The story is familiar yet unconventional, and the story’s pace might be too slow for some, but overall Dune: Part Two is a massive cinematic achievement for those seeking something in this genre.  

Kung Fu Panda 4

Rating: PG

Release Date: March 8, 2024

Synopsis:  After Po is tapped to become the Spiritual Leader of the Valley of Peace, he needs to find and train a new Dragon Warrior, while a wicked sorceress plans to re-summon all the master villains whom Po has vanquished to the spirit realm. (IMDB)

Directors: Mike Mitchell, Stephanie Stine

Starring: Jack Black, Awkwafina, Viola Davis

The Predictions

Juliana Purnell (153-128): Meh – Why make a fourth film of this? Oh wait, I know—money. The Kung Fu Panda franchise isn’t that bad; it’s actually pretty decent. But that doesn’t mean this latest outing won’t completely tank all of the audience’s goodwill. I have enough faith that it won’t be a total abomination, but I don’t see this fourth film being some kind of magnum opus for the series either.

Cabrini

Rating: PG-13

Release Date: March 8, 2024

Synopsis: After witnessing disease and poverty in the slums of New York, Italian immigrant Francesca Cabrini embarks on a daring journey to persuade the hostile mayor to provide housing and healthcare for hundreds of orphaned children. (IMDB)

Director: Alejandro Monteverde

Starring: Cristiana Dell’Anna, John Lithgow, David Morse

The Predictions

Juliana Purnell (153-128): Meh – It’s shocking how refreshing it is to see a nun outside of the horror genre, or not singing about how the hills are alive with the sound of music. It has been so long since we have been treated with actual positive Christian role model. Hopefully others will also be keen to seek out such a film. Mother Cabrini is a rather famous figure, and no doubt this biographical movie will appeal to those that specifically wish to watch the unfolding of her life’s achievements on screen. However, while it will be popular amongst its targeted demographic, the film’s perception will most likely be weighed down by the critics, as they tend to be dragged into viewing things as opposed to seeking productions out due to their own interest. I’m sure Cabrini will be a great film for the right person, but it’s not likely to score well on Rotten Tomatoes.

Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire

Rating: PG-13

Release Date: March 22, 2024

Synopsis: When the discovery of an ancient artifact unleashes an evil force, Ghostbusters new and old must join forces to protect their home and save the world from a second ice age. (IMDB)

Director: Gil Kenan

Starring: Mckenna Grace, Celeste O’Connor, Carrie Coon

The Predictions

Juliana Purnell (153-128): Meh – I didn’t have a lot of faith in this sequel, but the latest few trailers have generated some interest. It’s good to see a lot of the old cast together along with a few new characters, and for the most part, it appears to recapture some of the charm of the first two beloved films in the franchise. I believe Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire will be a moderately strong entry, but it’s just going to end up missing out on greatness, as I don’t think they’ll really know how to wrap up those legacy cast members.

Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire

Rating: PG-13

Release Date: March 29, 2024

Synopsis: Two ancient titans, Godzilla and Kong, clash in an epic battle as humans unravel their intertwined origins and connection to Skull Island’s mysteries. (IMDB)

Director: Adam Wingard

Starring: Rebecca Hall, Dan Stevens, Rachel House

The Predictions

Juliana Purnell (153-128): Bust – The first trailer looked bad. Now this film just looks big, dumb, and stupid, which is basically the best this production can hope for. Kong tends to make these films tolerable, mainly because he is able to emote, unlike Godzilla, so a lot of the plot is going to be riding on his back. The story might reach that glorious point where it becomes so dumb that it’s just unabashedly cool, but I have a feeling it’s instead going to drag out its runtime, and bore the audience with CGI fight sequences that outstay their welcome.

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 March?

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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