Boom, Bust, Or Meh: April 2018

Happy Easter (and April Fools), GUG fans! And welcome to the BBoM of April, where we focus on five films of the month and the predictions we have for them! As with every BBoM article, each film receives one of the following scores:

Boom: A film that’s like the best April Fools’ prank you’ve ever pulled off; it’s a classic story that will leave you reminiscing for years to come, where even the victims can’t help but admit that it was pretty grand.

Bust: A film that’s like an April Fools’ prank that fooled nobody. It was just lame.

Meh: A film that like a cute little April Fools’ joke–enjoyable, but forgettable.

With that introduction, let’s crank open the month of April vault!

The Results

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

1. A Wrinkle in Time – Bust

Rotten Tomatoes

Critic Score: 41%

Audience Score: 33%

Box Office

Production Budget: $110 million

Worldwide: $90+ million

Juliana: This is a film that had a strong amount of interest from fans of the book (and not much enthusiasm from anyone else), so it signed its own death certificate when it disappointed its target demographic.

Our review!

2. Tomb Raider – Meh

Rotten Tomatoes

Critic Score: 50%

Audience Score: 65%

Box Office

Production Budget: $94 million

Worldwide: $210+ million

Juliana: It couldn’t dethrone Black Panther domestically, but it performed phenomenally overseas, which saved this film from being a bust!

Our review!

3. Pacific Rim Uprising – Meh

Rotten Tomatoes

Critic Score: 46%

Audience Score: 55%

Box Office

Production Budget: $150 million

Worldwide: $155 million

Juliana: On the brink of jumping the shark, it seems that yet again the international market has saved the day on this franchise. It’s only one week into its release, so I’m sure there’s more money to be made here. However, I’m not convinced this franchise can survive a third outing.

Our review!

4. Sherlock Gnomes – Bust

Rotten Tomatoes

Critic Score: 19%

Audience Score: 43%

Box Office

Production Budget: $59 million

Worldwide: $17 million

Juliana: Critics were left wondering why this movie even existed. No one asked for it, which may explain the abysmal ticket sales.

5. Death Wish – Meh

Rotten Tomatoes

Critic Score: 17%

Audience Score: 81%

Box Office

Production Budget: $30 million

Domestic: $32 million

Juliana: Well, with stats like these, I think we can easily deduce that critics hated it while audiences loved it! With a split like this, we have to take the median, so it’s a “Meh!”

Our review!

Each “Boom, Bust, or Meh” article will include each writer’s current record next to their name. My current prediction record is (35-21), Sarah Bennett’s is (26-24), and Tyler Hummel’s is (8-7).

Avengers: Infinity War

Rating: PG-13 is predicted.

Release Date: April 27, 2018

Synopsis: The Avengers and their allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe. (IMDB)

Directors: Anthony Russo & Joe Russo

Starring: Just about everyone in Hollywood.

The Predictions 

Juliana Purnell (35-21): BOOM! – There’s no question as to whether this film will be a financial success, to the extent that one might seriously consider buying stock from the major cinema chains. A better question is whether the movie is actually going to be any good, particularly since it needs to juggle so many characters and Hollywood A-list personalities. What’s really unique about this situation is that Marvel has been working up to this event for over a decade–the full script may have only been developed relatively recently, but the bare bones of the story has always been there. It’s also helmed by the Russo brothers, who have arguably directed some of the better Marvel pieces. Even Marvel’s worst films aren’t terrible in comparison to other box office bombs, so it seems that Avengers: Infinity War is in a great position for success.

Sarah Bennett (26-24): BOOM! – I know I’m not the only one who has rewatched the previous Avengers, Thor, Iron Man, and Captain America films to get ready for this one. Oh, and Dr. Strange and Guardians of the Galaxy. Infinity War is going to be busting at the seams with Easter eggs and nuances. I expect a ridiculously fast plot threaded with humor and much shininess and explosions. I’m particularly interested to see where Nebula fits into this story, since last time we saw her, she was dead-set on killing her Dad, Thanos. And thank goodness Ant-Man makes it to the party!

Tyler Hummel (8-7): BOOM! – There is A LOT riding on this movie. I’ve said for a long time if this movie crashes and burns it’ll take every ounce of trust that people have in superhero movies and flush it away. That being said there are reasons to be hopeful. The Russo Brothers have been great genre directors since their days directing the best episodes of Community and the last two Captain America movies they directed have very strong followings. The recent trailer has reinforced the movie’s plans to emphasize the importance of the villain and the promise that character deaths will be permanent means that there is going to be a real tangible pain to watching beloved characters finish their stories. This certainly puts a smile on my face!

A Quiet Place

Rating: PG-13

Release Date: April 6, 2018

Synopsis: A family is forced to live in silence while hiding from creatures that hunt by sound. (IMDB)

Director: John Krasinski

Starring: John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Noah Jupe

The Predictions 

Juliana Purnell (35-21): BOOM! – While John Krasinski is still fairly new to directing, it seems that Paramount Pictures has a lot of faith in his latest project. It’s rare to see a horror film marketed this heavily. Judging the story from the trailers, it seems that this movie has an interesting set of rules, which are explored to their full potential. Everyone involved seems confident that they’ve produced a wonderful product here. It’s only the candy bar sales may not fair as well, considering the film’s silent premise means that opening up a crinkly bag of chips in the cinema is going to be the most awkward thing ever!

Sarah Bennett (26-24): Meh – I think this one will lose in the box office beneath the shadow of Infinity War. The plot looks ingenious and I’m a sucker for Emily Blunt, but in the end, I think this psychological horror will hit all of the expected notes with nothing new to add.

Tyler Hummel (8-7): BOOM! – There’s a huge market for indie horror movies right now. People talk up The Conjuring, The Witch, It Follows, and The Babadook constantly but smaller horror films like Don’t Breathe, Annabelle, You’re Next, Paranormal Activity, and Sinister have all continued to do spectacularly at the box office as well. Considering the rumors I’ve seen out of SXSW have been largely solid I think there’s going to be a solid following for this one!

Rampage

Rating: PG-13

Release Date: April 13, 2018

Synopsis: Primatologist Davis Okoye, a man who keeps people at a distance, shares an unshakable bond with George, the extraordinarily intelligent, silverback gorilla who has been in his care since birth. But a rogue genetic experiment gone awry transforms this gentle ape into a raging monster. To make matters worse, it’s soon discovered there are other similarly altered alpha predators. As these newly created monsters tear across North America, destroying everything in their path, Okoye teams with a discredited genetic engineer to secure an antidote, fighting his way through an ever-changing battlefield, not only to halt a global catastrophe but to save the fearsome creature that was once his friend. (IMDB)

Director: Brad Peyton

Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Will Yun Lee

The Predictions 

Juliana Purnell (35-21): Meh – It’s a bit of worry that the marketing team can’t summarize the plot of this film for its IMDB entry. Supposedly based on the video game, this movie looks like it’s overcompensating for its simple roots by producing an overly convoluted plot. However, it’s obvious we’re going to see a stupid amount of fun action sequences with giant mutated animals battling on the big screen. Wayne Johnson’s in the mix as well, once again working overtime by dragging a doomed script into an entertaining mediocre experience. This film is plagued by poor timing; last month’s Pacific Rim Uprising has already beaten this yesteryear monster homage to the punch, whilst Rampage only has two weeks to claim whatever box office earnings it can before Marvel’s juggernaut cleans house. But I believe it’s going to be amusing enough to win some love from the audience, turning this “bust” into a “meh.”

Sarah Bennett (26-24): Bust – Albino King Kong? And flying werewolves. I’m expecting an entirely predictable plot, mega explosions, with a heavy dose of crude humor. Don’t forget the death-defying stunts. Maybe it’ll do decently in the theaters as people wait for Infinity War.

Tyler Hummel (8-7): Meh – So Dwayne Johnson at this point has the ability to make mediocre movies look better and make them profitable. Despite the fact that he honestly hasn’t been in a ton of really good movies he really does have the ability to make the movies he’s in incrementally better. This film, in particular, is based on a video game apparently and while video game adaptations of late really have suffered BADLY this movie seems about as scaled back to the base archetypes of action/monster movies that it MIGHT be enjoyable.

Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero

Rating: PG

Release Date: April 13, 2018

Synopsis: The true story of the most decorated dog in American military history–Sgt. Stubby–and the enduring bonds he forged with his brothers-in-arms in the trenches of World War I. (IMDB)

Director: Richard Lanni

Starring: Helena Bonham Carter, Logan Lerman, Gérard Depardieu

The Predictions 

Juliana Purnell (35-21): Bust – I had to laugh when I found out the international title for this film is Sgt. Stubby: An Unlikely Hero. It looks like a cute, simplistic story, but ditching the “American” from the title is not going to make this seemingly ultra-patriotic movie popular with international audiences. Relying solely on the domestic box office, some parents may feel uncomfortable bringing their kids to see a film that deals heavily with war, even if it stars a furry protagonist. With not many high profile films jostling for screens this month, April feels like a dumping ground for niche indies or studio duds, of which Sgt. Stubby: Am American Hero falls into the latter category.

Sarah Bennett (26-24): Meh – Although this little animated film is based on a true story that should be heralded, I’m not sure it’ll get the attention it warrants. Personally, I wished it could’ve translated into a live-action film. His story was amazing: he warned soldiers of poison gas attacks, located injured men in no-man’s land, and could detect incoming artillery shells. I expect I won’t be the only one with tissues.

Tyler Hummel (8-7): Bust – There sure are a lot of straight to DVD animated movies hitting theaters nowadays, huh?

Duck Duck Goose

Rating: PG

Release Date: April 20, 2018

Synopsis: A bachelor goose must form a bond with two lost ducklings as they journey south. (IMDB)

Director: Christopher Jenkins

Starring: Jim Gaffigan, Zendaya, Lance Lim

The Predictions 

Juliana Purnell (35-21): Bust – Like Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero, Duck Duck Goose feels like it’s being a released this month with the intention of recouping as much of its budget as possible, thanks to little to no competition. The movie seems to miss its target demographic, with the story focussing on the responsibilities of fatherhood–an issue which I’m certain is not on the forefront of many young minds–while the trailer displays some faux swearing and crude humor, which is sure to dissuade parents wanting to buy tickets for their innocent-minded children. It may provide mild entertainment for some, but there won’t be enough to save it.

Sarah Bennett (26-24): Bust – Again, I think this be steamrolled under the Marvel machine. A bachelor goose who has to nurture two ducklings after he separates them from their flock. A feel-good film that is family friendly. I’m probably the only one excited for Greg Proops and Stephen Fry as voice actors.

Tyler Hummel (8-7): Bust – Never heard of it!

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 April?

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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.

1 Comment

  1. Zero Tolerance on February 7, 2020 at 1:14 pm

    Nice background image!

    Indeed, Infinity War will easily clear budget. The 97% fresh on RT for Black Panther is a super high hurdle to pass, IW doesn’t even have to aim that high. An 80-90% would suffice. I am highly skeptical of the movie’s ability to be more than “just another superhero movie,” but Thor 3 gives me hope.

    Pacific Rim is in week 2 and has already, ALREADY fell behind Black Panther for the weekend of 3/30-4/1. WOW that’s a steep drop!

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