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

1. Monkey Man – BOOM!

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 89%

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 84%

IMDB Score: 7.1

Box Office

Production Budget: $10 million

Worldwide: $31 million

With a meandering runtime and a pace that drops to a standstill in parts, Monkey Man has its flaws, but most were still thrilled by the end result.

2. Civil War – Meh

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 81%

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 71%

IMDB Score: 7.6

Box Office

Production Budget: $50 million

Worldwide: $89 million

With a trailer that baited the audience into thinking Civil War was going to explore the left/right divide, only to instead deliver a look into war journalism, many felt cheated by the switch. If it weren’t for that initial disappointment, this film may have scored higher.

Our review!

3. The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare – Meh

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 71%

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 92%

IMDB Score: 7.3

Box Office

Production Budget: $60 million

Worldwide: $16 million

Its action sequences pleased the crowd, yet there’s much to be desired when it came to plot and character development.

4. Sasquatch Sunset – Meh

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 69%

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 31%

IMDB Score: 6.0

Box Office

Production Budget: Not disclosed.

Worldwide: $1 million

With critics lulled into a sense of appreciation for what feels like a troll (or rather, sasquatch) of a movie, it has elevated the film’s scores high enough to not be a total bomb.

5. Unsung Hero – BOOM!

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 64%

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 99%

IMDB Score: 7.9

Box Office

Budget: $6 million

Worldwide: $8 million

Critics have said the film lacks any risks with its storytelling, though most admit that it’s a great Christian film. It seems audiences agree! Highly rated with its intended Christian demographic, this one is a BOOM despite external criticism.

New Releases

Each “Boom, Bust, or Meh” article will include each writer’s current record next to their name. My record is (158-133), and Tyler Hummel’s is (93-87).

The Fall Guy

Rating: PG-13

Release Date: May 3, 2024

Synopsis: A down-and-out stuntman must find the missing star of his ex-girlfriend’s blockbuster film. (IMDB)

Director: David Leitch

Starring: Ryan Gosling, Emily Blunt, Aaron Taylor-Johnson.

The Predictions

Juliana Purnell (158-133): BOOM! – I feel like I’m cheating a bit because The Fall Guy has already released in Australia, my home country. Haven’t had the chance to see it yet, though my brother has, and while he was hyped to check out the film, ultimately he was a little underwhelmed. There’s nothing glaringly wrong with it, he just wanted to like it more. That said, with the desire for more practical effects, traditional action storylines, and just a good time in general, I think the film will be well-received and will perform well. It may lose some of its gloss over the course of its run, though not by this time next month—viewers will still be revelling in its glory.  

Tyler Hummel (93-87): BOOM! – Despite my lukewarm attitudes towards David Leitch and his prior filmography post-John Wick (Bullet Train, Atomic Blonde, Hobbs and Shaw), The Fall Guy appears to be the first movie of his that is legitimately exciting and getting people interested. The trailer has been floating around for a while, and it’s being released over the desirable Comic-Book-Day weekend, which is usually saved for superhero movies.

Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes

Rating: PG-13

Release Date: May 10, 2024

Synopsis:  Many years after the reign of Caesar, a young ape goes on a journey that will lead him to question everything he’s been taught about the past and make choices that will define a future for apes and humans alike. (IMDB)

Director: Wes Ball

Starring: Freya Allan, Kevin Durand, Dichen Lachman

The Predictions

Juliana Purnell (158-133): Meh – How should I put this? The latest films in this franchise are respected and appreciated, but they still don’t foster a giant following or garner much in the way of anticipation, no matter how hard the studio tries. Similar to Wes Ball’s previous work with the Maze Runner trilogy, I predict this film will be competent and engaging, but it’s just not going to be a knockout. Getting ever closer to the timeline of the classic movie, a lot of this world has already been thematically explored, particularly in the previous movies, and with the original twist already known to the audience, Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes really needs to work hard to make its mark. The newest trailer shows how there might still be some ground to tread, but it still has its work cut out if it wishes audiences to develop some true feelings towards the plight of its protagonists.

Tyler Hummel (93-87): Meh – A fourth movie in the Planet of the Apes prequel series should be a sure thing. Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a wonderful movie and its two sequels are excellent. But with director Matt Reeves busy directing Batman movies, that job has fallen to Maze Runner Trilogy director Wes Ball. While I’m hopeful it may prove to be good, I do feel somewhat cautious going into it. 

IF

Rating: PG

Release Date: May 17, 2024

Synopsis: A young girl who goes through a difficult experience begins to see everyone’s imaginary friends who have been left behind as their real-life friends have grown up. (IMDB)

Director: John Krasinski

Starring: Ryan Reynolds, John Krasinski, Cailey Fleming

The Predictions

Juliana Purnell (158-133): Meh – I predict this will be one of those rarer family films where both the adults and the children will be entertained. However, it’s still going to be a bad movie. With a lot of the trailer seemingly grabbing most of its moments from the first half of the movie, either there’s a giant plot point that’s yet to be revealed, or (more likely) the premise is simply too shallow to pad out its feature length runtime. I predict an abysmal third act. Although, that doesn’t mean IF won’t have its moments. I think there are going to be a lot of catchy one-liners that may possibly transcend the film and live perpetually online, and if that happens, its comedic reputation may precede it. IF might not be a perfect film, but it could win enough hearts to warrant a little cult love in the future.

Tyler Hummel (93-87): Bust – John Krasinski’s directing work on the two Quiet Place movies has made him an essential director. And with that franchise being handed over to Pig director Michael Sarnoski, he has seemingly moved on to a big budget, family comedy movie. The humor in the trailers doesn’t work for me, but it is a family movie and those do very well at the box office (see Kung Fu Panda 4 remaining in the box office for two months). 

Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga

Rating: R

Release Date: May 24, 2024

Synopsis: The origin story of renegade warrior Furiosa before her encounter and teamup with Mad Max. (IMDB)

Director: George Miller

Starring: Anya Taylor-Joy, Chris Hemsworth, Charlee Fraser

The Predictions

Juliana Purnell (158-133): BOOM! – Having travelled to Silverton, NSW, just recently and checking out the Mad Max 2 Museum, I feel like I’m more than ready to immerse myself into this apocalyptic wasteland of a world once again. Honestly, this film just needs to follow the classic formula of containing intricate, beautifully choreographed car chase sequences, lots of practical effects, and glorious, outrageous costume design, and it’ll be another instant blockbuster. If it hits the landing, then Anya Taylor-Joy will be an unstoppable force in Hollywood, while it’ll present Chris Hemsworth with a wider range of roles. If it relies too much on CGI, then it’ll lose a lot of goodwill with its audience. I think George Miller knows what makes this franchise a success, and I don’t see him straying too far off the mark this time.

Tyler Hummel (93-87): BOOM! – I have no idea what to expect with this. It has been nine years since George Miller made his career masterpiece Mad Max: Fury Road, and two years since he made his interesting but mediocre Three Thousand Years of Longing. Another film set in the Mad Max universe feels natural, and I’m trusting him to deliver. It’s going to be an agonizing month to wait for this. 

The Garfield Movie

Rating: PG

Release Date: May 24, 2024

Synopsis: After Garfield’s unexpected reunion with his long-lost father, ragged alley cat Vic, he and his canine friend Odie are forced from their perfectly pampered lives to join Vic on a risky heist. (IMDB)

Director: Mark Dindal

Starring: Chris Pratt, Samuel L. Jackson, Hannah Waddingham

The Predictions

Juliana Purnell (158-133): Bust – What can I say? I just have no faith in this franchise. Part of me wonders if Garfield outstays his welcome if he’s in anything longer than his classic comic strip format, as seen in the previous movie adaptation. I’m not convinced there’s enough material here in this latest film to warrant a feature length runtime.

Tyler Hummel (93-87): Bust – I’m going to forgo the obvious Chris Pratt jokes, but the trailer told me everything I needed to know going in. The original trailer starts sentimental and immediately becomes cynical and wacky. This looks like another exhausting hyper-active animated movie for young children, but with a popular brand name attached. 

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 May?

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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