Welcome to May’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 April predictions!
1. Avengers: Endgame – BOOM!
Critic Score: 95%
Audience Score: 91%
Production Budget: $356 million
Worldwide: $1.3+ billion
Juliana: Once the hype train has left the station, then the critical scores may drop a little. Yet regardless of how this film may be viewed once some distance has been gained, there’s no denying that this is a BOOM!
2. Shazam! – BOOM!
Critic Score: 90%
Audience Score: 87%
Production Budget: $100 million
Worldwide: $346 million
Juliana: While its box office earnings look pathetic when compared to Endgame‘s, this is still a great effort from DC. BOOM!
3. Pet Sematary – Meh
Critic Score: 58%
Audience Score: 39%
Budget: $21 million
Worldwide: $103 million
Juliana: Considering this was merely an average film, one that improved upon the original, I’m rather shocked by its low critical reception. Maybe reviewers took out their frustration with autocorrect on Rotten Tomatoes?
4. Hellboy – Bust
Critic Score: 14%
Audience Score: 60%
Budget: $50 million
Worldwide: $21 million
Juliana: While the general public took a liking, it wasn’t enough to turn around critics or those doomed box office figures. Ouch!
5. Breakthrough – Meh
Critic Score: 65%
Audience Score: 79%
Budget: $14 million
Worldwide: $36 million
Juliana: Wow, critics didn’t instantly hate this one! Either people are warming up to Christian movies or this one is simply worth a look!
Each “Boom, Bust, or Meh” article will include each writer’s current record next to their name. My record is (64-43), and Tyler Hummel is at (46-32).
Release Date: May 10, 2019
Synopsis: In a world where people collect Pokémon to do battle, a boy comes across an intelligent talking Pikachu who seeks to be a detective. (IMDB).
Director: Rob Letterman
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith, Kathryn Newton
Juliana Purnell (64-43): BOOM! – This movie is huge for Pokémon fans. Many like myself have grown up alongside the franchise, sticking around because we love the world and lore Pokémon has created. The battle mechanics in the main games are complicated enough to engage older players, whilst Pokémon Go can only really be enjoyed by people who have access to cars, and the direct-to-YouTube series, Pokémon Generations, offered a nostalgic yet more mature look at the major tales within the franchise.
Yet the stories contained within the anime, games, and subsequent movies have always been aimed towards children. The fandom has grown but the characters haven’t; perpetually stuck within a 10-year-old’s ignorant saccharine-drenched world. Can we just say it? Ash Ketchum kinda sucks. So Detective Pikachu pays homage to the older generation of Pokémon fans–it doesn’t wipe out or reboot Ash’s legacy, as this film is a completely different story, but set in the world we all love. We’ve been wondering for decades what pokémon would look like in real life, and now we’ll have our much-anticipated questions answered.
Tyler Hummel (46-32): Meh – I really want to see this movie. It looks like the weirdest movie of 2019 but I’m all about this. I don’t suspect the final product will be some great feat of filmmaking but as a cultural artifact this will likely end up being the best video game movie in years!
Release Date: May 24, 2019
Synopsis: A kindhearted street urchin and a power-hungry Grand Vizier vie for a magic lamp that has the power to make their deepest wishes come true. (IMDB).
Director: Guy Ritchie
Starring: Will Smith, Naomi Scott, Mena Massoud
Juliana Purnell (64-43): BOOM! – Remakes like this make me feel old. Yet alas, there’s a new generation that hasn’t grown up with the original animated feature. It still feels like yesterday for me, which makes me question as to why this remake needs to exist. However, even if this is merely the same loveable story but with different jokes… you know what? I’d be down for that.
Tyler Hummel (46-32): Bust – Guy Ritchie is a hack. Apologies for harsh language but he hasn’t made a movie I’ve seen that hasn’t been entirely style over substance. The fact that he’s making a Disney live-action movie only cements how cynical I am about this film.
Release Date: May 17, 2019
Synopsis: Super-assassin John Wick is on the run after killing a member of the international assassin’s guild, and with a $14 million price tag on his head, he is the target of hit men and women everywhere. (IMDB).
Director: Chad Stahelski
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Ian McShane, Halle Berry, Laurence Fishburne
Juliana Purnell (64-43): BOOM! – The first film raised the bar for action movies everywhere and introduced the world to gun-fu, whilst the second movie expanded the story’s setting. For the third outing, I expect nothing less than pure, unadulterated off-the-wall bonkers action sequences coupled with a classy exploration of this assassin-filled universe. I have no doubts it’ll deliver. It will be a great conclusion, turning it into one of the strongest trilogies we’ve witnessed in cinema for quite some time.
Tyler Hummel (46-32): BOOM! – John Wick is a spectacular film and John Wick 2 is one of my favorite sequels ever. I’ve loved everything about this franchise and I’m looking forward to seeing it’s possible concluding chapter!
Release Date: May 24, 2019
Synopsis: What if a child from another world crash-landed on Earth, but instead of becoming a hero to mankind, he proved to be something far more sinister? (IMDB).
Director: David Yarovesky
Starring: Elizabeth Banks, David Denman, Jackson A. Dunn
Juliana Purnell (64-43): Meh – Set up as a giant “What If?” movie, Brightburn offers an interesting premise that I’m sure all Superman fans have wondered at some point. However I fear the answer would be profoundly simple: if Superman were evil, he’d be horribly overpowered and a lot of people would die. Therefore, this is a film where I think the journey will be what’s most interesting–seeing the characters question the boy’s motives, mixed in with those moments of uncertainty and fear. Once he turns evil, then the film will lose its sense of intrigue. So I predict it’ll be a great film, though the ending will be its downfall, as unless it’s unexpectedly clever, it can only resort to clichés.
Tyler Hummel (46-32): Meh – Conceptually interesting, Although it’s a film made by members of James Gunn’s family, not Gunn himself. It’s likely to devolve into violence schlock as The Belko Experiment did.
Release Date: May 10, 2019
Synopsis: Tolkien explores the formative years of the orphaned author as he finds friendship, love, and artistic inspiration among a group of fellow outcasts at school. (IMDB).
Director: Dome Karukoski
Starring: Nicholas Hoult, Laura Donnelly
Juliana Purnell (64-43): Bust – Maybe I live in a bubble, but all the Tolkien fans that I know are Christian. He is a man that is heavily admired within Christian circles, so it seems to be a huge misstep when early reports indicate that this film will barely touch upon Tolkien’s faith. It’s a movie that will malign its main target audience.
On top of this, like Hotel Mumbai, this movie may also fall victim to poor timing. In light of the recent genocide against Christian communities in Nigeria and the attacks in Sri Lanka, there has been heavy criticism about the media’s shyness when it comes to anything even remotely in support of Christianity and its followers. There’s a sore point that has been prodded one too many times as of late. Enter a film about one of the most influential Christians in popular culture, albeit with his faith notably removed. Yeah, I’m not expecting fans, historians, and social commentators to take too kindly to this picture.
Tyler Hummel (46-32): Meh – I have reason to suspect this biopic will be somewhat perfunctory but I’m also dying to see it! I’m in the midst of a torrid love affair with the works of JRR Tolkien (I’m in the midst of reading Lord of the Rings for the first time and I’m planning to snag a copy of his Beowulf translation too) and I want a great biopic to come out of this! Still, it looks like most mid-budget biopics like Goodbye Christopher Robin. Could go either way.
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!”