Boom, Bust, or Meh: May 2018

We’re in the thick of the glorious days of spring, GUG fans! And welcome to the BBoM of May, 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: Like experiencing a beautiful spring day, watching a movie like this only brings a smile to your face, warranting many repeat viewings.

Bust: Like a spring day where it’s cold, uncharacteristically drizzling with rain, and otherwise just plain sucky.

Meh: Like a nice spring day, but you’re stuck doing the daily grind at work, so it’s just like any other. Meh!

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

The Results

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

1. Avengers: Infinity War – BOOM!

Rotten Tomatoes

Critic Score: 84%

Audience Score: 93%

Box Office

Production Budget: $321 million

Worldwide: $640+ million

Juliana: As expected, this film was a BOOM in every sense of the word.

Our review!

2. A Quiet Place – BOOM!

Rotten Tomatoes

Critic Score: 95%

Audience Score: 85%

Box Office

Production Budget: $17 million

Worldwide: $235 million

Juliana: It smashed the box office and impressed critics and the general public alike! It’s a BOOM!

Our review!

3. Rampage – Meh

Rotten Tomatoes

Critic Score: 51%

Audience Score: 82%

Box Office

Production Budget: $120 million

Worldwide: $335 million

Juliana: This movie was everything I never knew I needed. It’s quickly become a guilty pleasure of mine. That said, one cannot deny that it’s ultimately not a very good movie… but it is an undeniably entertaining one. Sadly, I can’t justify calling it a BOOM with such low critical acclaim. Meh.

Our review!

4. Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero – Meh

Rotten Tomatoes

Critic Score: 81%

Audience Score: 97%

Box Office

Production Budget: $25 million

Domestic: $2.5 million

Juliana: Ouch, those box office figures are painful to look at. Obviously, this film is a financial flop. Yet those reviews cannot be ignored. Audiences have called this film a heart-warming and engaging family movie, even though it does deal with the topic of war. So despite its financial issues, it seems this film is worth a look at least. Meh.

5. Duck Duck Goose – TBD

Juliana: Whoopsies! Seems you’ve caught us in an awkward spot! Duck Duck Goose was originally going to be released in American cinemas during April, but it seems the studio has decided to hold it back. That happens sometimes. Yet we won’t forget the team’s predictions, and once it is released, we’ll let you know the results!

Each “Boom, Bust, or Meh” article will include each writer’s current record next to their name. My current prediction record is (38-22), Sarah Bennett’s is (28-26), and Tyler Hummel’s is (11-8).

Deadpool 2

Rating: R is predicted.

Release Date: May 18, 2018

Synopsis: After surviving a near-fatal bovine attack, a disfigured cafeteria chef (Wade Wilson) struggles to fulfill his dream of becoming Mayberry’s hottest bartender while also learning to cope with his lost sense of taste. Searching to regain his spice for life, as well as a flux capacitor, Wade must battle ninjas, the Yakuza, and a pack of sexually aggressive canines, as he journeys around the world to discover the importance of family, friendship, and flavor–finding a new taste for adventure and earning the coveted coffee mug title of World’s Best Lover. (IMDB)

Director: David Leitch 

Starring: Josh Brolin, Ryan Reynolds

The Predictions 

Juliana Purnell (38-22): BOOM! – I feel like I’m one of the few that only had lukewarm feelings towards the first film. I love a good poking at cinema tropes and chuckled whenever there was a reference to the behind the scenes drama, but the plethora of sex jokes quickly became as stale as a day-old opened bag of Doritos. For me, the likes of The LEGO Movie and Kick-Ass did the job better in the humor department. Yet comedy is an individual thing, and heaps of people loved Deadpool. Provided it keeps the same tone as the original, then logically people will love this one as well, despite what I personally think about it.

Sarah Bennett (28-26): BOOM! – Riding on the heels of Infinity War combined with its own warped fan club, Deadpool 2’s raunchy humor will bask in the box office.

Tyler Hummel (11-8): BOOM! – The behind-the-scenes drama on this movie is nuts. It’s being directed by the evident lesser of the two directors of John Wick (One made John Wick 2 and the other made Atomic Blonde). Then in the run-up to the film a cut of the movie was shown to audiences that they hated, then another cut was shown that people liked. I don’t know what to expect with this one but I see the potential and if I had to put money on a legitimately good film this month my money is here.

Solo: A Star Wars Story

Rating: PG-13 is predicted.

Release Date: May 25, 2018

Synopsis: During an adventure into a dark criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his future copilot Chewbacca and encounters Lando Calrissian years before joining the Rebellion. (IMDB)

Director: Ron Howard

Starring: Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Donald Glover, Emilia Clarke

The Predictions 

Juliana Purnell (38-22): BOOM! – Is it just me, or has the hype for this movie all but disappeared? There has been a lot of drama behind the scenes, but I still think this film will scrub up nicely. If I learned anything from The Last Jedi it’s that the fandom is on the fickle side. Fans want more movies, though it naturally comes at the cost of ruining the happy endings of the previous films. I don’t think people were prepared for that.

Yet I’m a firm believer that these spin-off movies will prove to be the better of the bunch. There’s less pressure from fans, and the story has more creative freedom. Despite the disappointment audiences might have faced during their last outing, fans will still flock to see this, and I think it’ll be a quiet upset, sneakily pleasing viewers.

Sarah Bennett (28-26): BOOM! – Who doesn’t love Han Solo? Even my phone capitalizes his name. Rogue One hit the prequel nail in the head and I’m thinking LucasArts has enough backlash from The Last Jedi that they made sure this plot is airtight.

Tyler Hummel (11-8): Meh – It feels like the public consensus has already prejudged this film. People are still mad about Star Wars: The Last Jedi (rightly or wrongly) and with the directors of The LEGO Movie getting thrown off the project unceremoniously late in the shoot it’s a bit unnerving. Widespread reshoots rarely fix a broken movie. Still, it is Disney and I’m giving them the benefit of the doubt.

Breaking In

Rating: PG-13

Release Date: May 11, 2018

Synopsis: A woman fights to protect her family during a home invasion. (IMDB)

Director: James McTeigue

Starring: Gabrielle Union, Billy Burke, Richard Cabral.

The Predictions 

Juliana Purnell (38-22): Meh – Director James McTeigue hasn’t really helmed a hit since his debut feature, V for Vendetta. Judging from the trailer, I don’t think Breaking In will achieve the same critical acclaim, though the premise certainly has a novelty factor. Horrors and thrillers have been doing well at the cinema lately, and while this film won’t be the best of the bunch, I don’t feel it will be laughably awkward either. I can see it as the next Panic Room or Kiss the Girls. They’re never on the top of the list when it comes to recommending a film to watch, but if it’s on television, they still have the capacity to demand an audience. Breaking In will be a good way to pass the time, though it won’t be very memorable.

Sarah Bennett (28-26): Bust – Oh how far this director has fallen from the all-around masterpiece V for Vendetta. A mom trying to protect her kids from a home invasion? If she’s anything like me, it’s going to have some vicious revenge.

Tyler Hummel (11-8): Bust – Probably not going to amount to much. It looks like a relatively disposable thriller.

Show Dogs

Rating: PG

Release Date: May 18, 2018

Synopsis: Max, a macho, solitary Rottweiler police dog is ordered to go undercover as a primped show dog in a prestigious Dog Show, along with his human partner, to avert a disaster from happening. (IMDB)

Director: Raja Gosnell

Starring: Alan Cumming, Will Arnett, Stanley Tucci, Natasha Lyonne

The Predictions 

Juliana Purnell (38-22): Bust – When I first read the logline for this film, as a crazy dog lover, I knew I wanted to see it. I thought it would be a more childish version of Best in Show; a tongue-in-cheek parody of the extravagant sport of dog breeding. Then I saw the trailer… Yeah, doesn’t matter how many waggy tails and good boys are featured in this film, it’s not for an adult’s brain. The comedy appears to be tasteless, lacking any sense of the sophistication needed to provide an insightful critique of the narrative’s upper-class setting. Yet judging by how many kids relentlessly request a pat of my Pomeranian whenever I take him out for a walk, children adore dogs and will bug their parents to see this film. So the ticket sales won’t be bad. Yet it’s the adults that leave the scores and reviews, and I’m predicting they’ll be savage!

Sarah Bennett (28-26): Meh – This’ll just barely squeak past a bust, because of parents avoiding Deadpool altogether. I think we’re looking at a predictable, family-friendly family movie where the macho dog breaks his own stereotypes.

Tyler Hummel (11-8): Bust – Why do they keep making movies in this genre?

Mary Shelley

Rating: PG-13

Release Date: May 25, 2018

Synopsis: The love affair between poet Percy Shelley and 18-year-old Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, which resulted in Mary Shelley writing Frankenstein. (IMDB)

Director: Haifaa Al-Mansour

Starring: Maisie Williams, Elle Fanning, Douglas Booth, Bel Powley

The Predictions 

Juliana Purnell (38-22): Meh – May is a rather quiet time of year, which has forced our hand in selecting a limited release for this month’s Boom, Bust, or Meh. Despite being an underdog next to Solo: A Star Wars Story, I feel the demographic is different enough to draw in enough crowds to the cinema. Early critical reviews may deter audiences, though I feel curiosity about Frankenstein’s author will be enough to win over the general public. The film also stars Elle Fanning, whose previous work has been a delight to watch.

Sarah Bennett (28-26): BOOM! – There’s something magical about a writer/director and Haifaa Al-Mansour is no lightweight. She has climbed her way to the silver screen with piles of film festival awards. Combine her experience with some heavy hitting actors and it spells success for this story about how Frankenstein came into being.

Tyler Hummel (11-8): Bust – This movie premiered on the festival circuit at Toronto International Film Fest and the Tribeca Film Festival and the buzz coming out of both has been terrible. I wouldn’t bet on this one.

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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