Boom, Bust, or Meh – November 2022

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).

Let’s see what November has to offer after we look at last month’s results!

The Results

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

1. Amsterdam – Bust

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 33%

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 62%

IMDB Score: 6.2

Box Office

Production Budget: $80 million

Worldwide: $24 million

Juliana: While I personally enjoyed Amsterdam particularly its sense of whimsy and appreciation of friendship, many found the storytelling to be too senseless and unfocussed.

2. Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile – Meh

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 73%

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 94%

IMDB Score: 6.3

Box Office

Production Budget: $50 million

Worldwide: $51 million

Juliana: The film is rather crazy and has its fault, but many found it to be warmly endearing.

3. Halloween Ends – Bust

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 40%

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 57%

IMDB Score: 5.0

Box Office

Production Budget: $33 million

Worldwide: $98 million

Juliana: Just goes to show that advertising a film one way and then presenting something completely different is never going to win over audiences.

Our review!

4. White Bird: A Wonder Story

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First set to release back in September before being delayed till October, White Bird: A Wonder Story has since been dropped from Lionsgate’s release schedule. It is now unknown when this film will release, but when/if it does, we’ll follow it up in the next edition of Boom, Bust, or Meh with its rating.

5. Black Adam – Meh

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 40%

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 90%

IMDB Score: 7.1

Box Office

Budget: $195-200 million

Worldwide: $255 million

Juliana: While general audiences were entertained, many film critics found the film to be too generic to find Black Adam remotely stimulating.

Our review!

New Releases

Each “Boom, Bust, or Meh” article will include each writer’s current record next to their name. My record is (111-94), and Tyler Hummel’s is (89-80).

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Rating: PG-13

Release Date: November 13, 2022

Synopsis: The nation of Wakanda is pitted against intervening world powers as they mourn the loss of their king T’Challa. (IMDB)

Director: Ryan Coogler

Starring: Letitia Wright, Danai Gurira, Lupita Nyong’o, Tenoch Huerta

The Predictions

Juliana Purnell (111-94): BOOM! – The first Black Panther was insanely popular, successfully appealing to its target demographic. It also created a vibrant and interesting world, tapping into deeper themes than what’s usually seen in this genre. If this sequel merely retains the viewers from the first, then it will at least be a box office success by default. Unfortunately, Chadwick Boseman’s untimely death will cast a heavy shadow over this film. Many are curious as to how the story will adjust to real life events, and ultimately how it handles the issue will determine the film’s longevity. Now that emotions have simmered, some of Boseman’s family members have lamented that it wouldn’t have been the actor’s wish for his iconic character to die alongside him. There were still a number of narrative arcs that could have been explored with T’Challa, and some have accused Marvel of capitalizing on Boseman’s death. They do have a point. In years to come, will this decision to suddenly kill off T’Challa (in a phase where a lot of Marvel’s regular superhero roster has either been retired, nerfed, or died) make narrative sense? I get the impression that critics and general audiences alike will praise the film initially, mostly out of respect, but will be more critical as time wears on.

The Menu

Rating: R

Release Date: November 18, 2022

Synopsis: A young couple travels to a remote island to eat at an exclusive restaurant where the chef has prepared a lavish menu, with some shocking surprises. (IMDB)

Director: Mark Mylod

Starring: Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Fiennes, Nicholas Hoult

The Predictions

Juliana Purnell (111-94): BOOM! – As an absolute sucker for degustation menus, I’m really looking forward to this film. With a star-studded cast, it appears to make fun of the utter pretentiousness of the world of fine dining, setting it perfectly within the horror genre. A quirky and different horror, I’m sure those who are looking for something fresh will enjoy what The Menu has to offer.

Strange World

Rating: PG

Release Date: November 23, 2022

Synopsis: The legendary Clades are a family of explorers whose differences threaten to topple their latest and most crucial mission. (IMDB)

Directors: Don Hall, Qui Nguyen

Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jaboukie Young-White, Gabrielle Union

The Predictions

Juliana Purnell (111-94): Bust – Well isn’t this a sneaky release from Disney. I hadn’t even heard of this film until I needed to research this month’s picks for this article. So it does beg the question as to why the studio is not promoting this film given they’re one of the biggest production companies in the world. Some say the main character is presented as queer, and given the lacklustre success of Lightyear and the recent bombing of Bros, the studio may be nervous to promote another piece of queer representation only for it to go down in flames. Personally, I don’t find much in the trailer to be very appealing—it’s very reminiscent of other, possibly better films, such as Journey to the Center of the Earth and Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2. Given the studio seems to have lost faith in the project and is already trying to recoup its costs by being as stingy as possible with its marketing, I cannot see this film as anything but a major flop.

Devotion

Rating: PG-13

Release Date: November 23, 2022

Synopsis: A pair of U.S. Navy fighter pilots risk their lives during the Korean War and become some of the Navy’s most celebrated wingmen. (IMDB)

Director: J.D. Dillard

Starring: Jonathan Majors, Glen Powell, Serinda Swan

The Predictions

Juliana Purnell (111-94): Meh It’s refreshing to see an upcoming film set within the Korean War. I’ve heard this true story is quite the tale; I’m not willing to read more up on it as I wish to learn about it through the movie. However, it’s clear the trailer is trying to pull in the Top Gun: Maverick crowd. It could be a successful tactic: basically they’re hinting that if you liked Maverick, then you’d like this one as well, with the former being a huge box office hit so it’s only natural to want to try and ride its coattails. Yet it’s also setting itself up for instant comparison with one of the best films of the year, essentially presenting itself as the budget version. I think Devotion will ultimately be a different beast to Maverick, but its advertising campaign may set up some unattainable expectations for audiences.

The Fabelmans

Rating: PG-13

Release Date: November 23, 2022

Synopsis: Growing up in post-World War II era Arizona, a young man named Sammy Fabelman discovers a shattering family secret and explores how the power of films can help him see the truth. (IMDB)

Director: Steven Spielberg

Starring: Michelle Williams, Gabriel LaBelle, Paul Dano

The Predictions

Juliana Purnell (111-94): Meh – Inspired heavily by his own childhood, The Fabelmans will be Spielberg’s most personal film. The trailer just oozes his heart and soul, along with his love of movies. I have no doubt this will be a love letter to filmmaking, and Hollywood and cinephiles like myself will gobble it up. However, how will the more casual viewers treat this film? Will they see it as pretentious with an overinflated sense of self-importance? While I personally cannot wait to see this movie, I think the general public may drag this film’s score down.

 

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 November?

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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