Boom, Bust, or Meh: March 2017 – Geeks Under Grace

What up, GUG fans, and welcome to this month’s edition of Boom, Bust, or Meh! With the 89th Oscars now complete, let us take a look at this month’s films! For those who are unfamiliar with BBoM, this monthly article focuses on five various films each month and what our predictions as movie lovers are! As with every BBoM article, each film receives one of the following scores:
Boom: A film you wish came out pre-Oscar season so it could possibly get nominated.
Bust: A film that is your stereotypical post-Oscar season flop.
Meh: A film that you are on and off about if whether or not it should have premiered the year before.
With that introduction, let’s crank open the month of March vault!

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The Results

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

1. The LEGO Batman Movie – BOOM!

Rotten Tomatoes
Critic Score: 91%
Audience Score: 85%
Box Office
Production Budget: $80 million
Worldwide: $184 million
Trey: A great follow-up to the LEGO Movie for all ages!
Our review!

2. The Great Wall – Bust.

Rotten Tomatoes
Critic Score: 35%
Audience Score: 55%
Box Office
Production Budget: $150 million
Worldwide: $270 million
Trey: Visually interesting, but story and character development was a different story.

3. The Space Between Us – Bust. 

Rotten Tomatoes
Critic Score: 17%
Audience Score: 65%
Box Office Production
Budget: $30 million
Worldwide: $7 million
Trey: There certainly was a lot of space between those who hated the film and those who enjoyed it. 
Our Review!

4. John Wick: Chapter 2 – BOOM!

Rotten Tomatoes
Critic Score: 90%
Audience Score: 91%
Box Office
Production Budget: $40 million
Worldwide: $96 million
Trey: More guns, more fun! Nearly as great as the first one!
Our Review!

5. A Cure for Wellness – Bust. 

Rotten Tomatoes
Critic Score: 40%
Audience Score: 45%
Box Office Production
Budget: $40 million
Worldwide: $11 million
Trey: That definitely took a turn for the worst…literally, it did.
Each “Boom, Bust, or Meh” article will include each writer’s current record next to their name. My current record is (45-32) and Jonathan’s is (19-14).

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Power Rangers

Rating: PG-13
Release Date: March 23, 2017
Synopsis: From a story by Executive Producer Roberto Orci and screenwriters Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller comes a modern reinvention of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, a group of ordinary high school kids who find themselves infused with extraterrestrial powers and must harness those powers as a team to save the world (Rotten Tomatoes).
Director: Dean Israelite
Starring: Bryan Cranston, Naomi Scott, R.J. Cyler, Becky G, Dacre Montgomery, Ludi Lin, Elizabeth Banks

The Prediction

Trey Soto (45-32): Meh … – This was definitely not an easy decision to make. Power Rangers is either going to do great or it’s going to do terribly. Never let nostalgia get the best of you from the story which is why I don’t think critics will give it high praise. I could care less if the dialogue is cheesy since it is aimed at children and those who still praise the television series. I’m just concerned about the story and how each character will develop. While it may not do well with critics and even audiences, I’m predicting it will make a good amount of money, hence why I say it will be a “meh” film. I’m sure fans will love it, but not all will. 
Jonathan Tefft (19-14): Meh… – I was not a fan of Power Rangers growing up but I see this movie being a big surprise. Every time I see a new trailer or poster for this film I get a little bit more excited about it. For a concept as silly sounding as Power Rangers, I think they have been able to adapt it in a way that will please the fans and get people like me who know almost nothing about Power Rangers to go see it.
However, this movie has to be good for it to succeed. I don’t see the Power Rangers fanbase being big enough to support this movie so it is going to have to rely heavily on positive word of mouth from people like me, who aren’t already fans. The really big thing I see holding this movie back is the fact that there are at least three other big movies this month and one of them is Beauty and the Beast, which will definitely attract more families and take a big cut out of Power Rangers’ box office. If it wasn’t for the release date than I would put it as a BOOM! 
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Kong: Skull Island

Rating: PG-13
Release Date: March 10, 2017
Synopsis: A team of explorers and soldiers travel to an uncharted island in the Pacific, unaware that they are crossing into the domain of monsters, including the mythic king of the island, Kong (IMDb).
Director: Jordan Vogt-Roberts
Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson, John Goodman, John C. Reilly

The Prediction

Trey Soto (45-32): BOOM! – At first, I was not at all excited due to my love for the original 1933 version and Peter Jackson’s 2005 version. After watching the trailer and seeing the new time period, different take on the story, somewhat good cast, and the update on the CGI effects, I think this film has potential.
I am not fond of John C. Reilly being in this film. That being said, his personality does fit his crazy character. I was quite surprised to see Brie Larson in the trailer along with Tom Hiddleston and I’m still unsure of it, but I am really excited for Samuel L. Jackson and John Goodman in the film. My only concern is that Jordan Vogt-Roberts has not done a film such as this compared to Peter Jackson who had already completed the LOTR trilogy by then and was highly known for his directing. One can only hope that this movie does well. Also, we all know this is a build up for King Kong vs. Godzilla, right? Anyone else? Alrighty, moving on. 
Jonathan Tefft (19-14): BOOM! – I am a huge fan of anything that involves giant monsters and have been highly anticipating this movie! I really enjoyed the recent Godzilla movie released in 2014 and am very excited to know that this new King Kong will tie into it and will eventually lead to a new King Kong vs. Godzilla movie. I also love that they are not just retelling the classic story that ends with King Kong on top of the Empire State Building, which we’ve already seen before. This movie also has a fantastic cast with Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, and John Goodman. John C. Reilly is the only wild card. I can’t tell from the trailers on whether his character will be good comedic relief or just annoying. All in all, this movie has so many great things going for it that I would be very surprised if it turns out to be bad. 

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Beauty and the Beast

Rating: PG
Release Date: March 10, 2017
Synopsis: Disney’s animated classic takes on a new form, with a widened mythology and an all-star cast. A young prince, imprisoned in the form of a beast, can be freed only by true love. What may be his only opportunity arrives when he meets Belle, the only human girl to ever visit the castle since it was enchanted (IMDb).
Director: Bill Condon
Starring: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens (IV), Kevin Kline, Luke Evans, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor
The Predictions
Trey Soto (45-32): BOOM! – It’s not every day that your favorite Disney princess film receives a live adaption. Disney is certainly heading in the right direction by not just adapting their classics, but also adding new details and character development. As long as they stick to the primary source material of the 1991 original, I am sure it will do more than well. Regardless of how hardcore fans will feel about the change and CGI attempts at the supporting cast, it will come as no surprise that this film will succeed financially. That being said, I cannot take Emma Watson’s dress seriously. It looks too modern! Okay, rant over. 
Jonathan Tefft (19-14): BOOM! – I will not be surprised if this is the highest grossing movie of the month. Disney had a rough start with their live action remakes with Maleficent and Alice in Wonderland but they are now on a roll with Cinderella and The Jungle Book. I have no doubt that they can continue their streak with Beauty and the Beast. The trailers have sold me and I love the cast. I think everyone looks and sounds perfect for their roles. Now I have noticed a little backlash against it recently, primarily with the design of the Beast and Emma Watson’s singing. This could potentially affect the box office but not enough to have an impact on its overall success both financially and critically. I personally don’t have a problem and have set my expectations high. 

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The Shack

Rating: PG-13
Release: March 3, 2017
Synopsis: After losing his daughter on a camping a trip, a man grieves as he continues to push his family away. During his stage of grieving, he comes upon a mysterious invitation to meet with God himself at a place called ‘the shack.’
Director: Stuart Hazeldine.
Starring: Sam Worthington, Octavia Spencer, Aviv Alush, Tim McGraw, Radha Mitchell

The Prediction

Trey Soto (45-32): Bust. – Regardless of the backlash from the church over the questionable theology in the book, I still was not convinced by the trailer. Sure, it looks visually interesting but I’m really not all that impressed. The cast is one thing, but I just feel that audiences and critics will say that they were trying too hard to grab hold of the emotion behind it, let alone the theology. If it does succeed (and that’s a big if), then I won’t mind seeing it. 
Jonathan Tefft (19-14): Bust. – I’m not expecting much from this movie. The premise is only mildly interesting and the trailer didn’t wow me. The only thing that kind of makes me want to see it is Sam Worthington and Octavia Spencer. I don’t think this movie will do well financially either. It doesn’t have a really big star that will make people rush out and see it, and it’s surrounded by at least three big blockbusters that are pretty much guaranteed to overshadow it. I think this movie would do better if it came out in April or February where there wouldn’t be as much competition against it. 

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Logan

Rating: R
Release Date: March 3, 2017
Synopsis: In the near 2029, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hide out on the Mexican border. But Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces (IMDb).
Director: James Mangold
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen, Boyd Holbrook

The Predictions

Trey Soto (45-32): BOOM! – We will all be crying in our seats at the end of this movie. Hugh Jackman has stated that in the past X-Men and Wolverine films, he has not put in his all for the character. In this film, however, in recent interviews and statements, he believes he has. If you’re going to star in one final movie as a popular comic book character, you at least got to make it memorable.
Based on the trailer, early reviews, and the fact that they finally went for an R-rating (Thank you, Fox!). I believe that this will definitely succeed in making audiences cheer and cry at the same time. Thank you for all that you have contributed as Wolverine, Hugh Jackman. We will certainly miss you…but if you can come back to fight Ryan Reynold’s Deadpool, that would be great! 
Jonathan Tefft (19-14): BOOM! – It is crazy to think that Hugh Jackman has been Wolverine for over fifteen years! It will be sad to see him finally retire the character but I think he has earned it and Logan looks to be the perfect way to say goodbye to him. I love how this movie looks like no other comic book movie we’ve seen before. If you removed the fact that he has claws than the movie just looks like a totally awesome action film.
I also love that we finally get to see a Wolverine that can take full advantage of an R-rating. Don’t forget that we are also saying goodbye to Patrick Stewart as Professor Charles Xavier who has been nothing but amazing throughout this whole franchise. I’m already hearing tons of praise for this movie from critics and even with the R-rating, I see this movie being a huge success at the box office. 

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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 you predictions? What film are you looking forward to most in March?

Trey Soto

Trey Soto holds a B.A. in Communication Studies from Biola University, emphasis in Interpersonal/Rhetorical Theory. He has been a Film Critic/Analysis for over a year at Geeks Under Grace and other websites such as Temple of Geek. In his spare time, he enjoys comic book literature, screenwriting, production assistant freelancing, photography, cosplay, and hosting his own film podcast T.V. Trey on Podbean and iTunes.

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