Ron’s Gone Wrong
Ron’s Gone Wrong (2021) movie review
Ron’s Gone Wrong follows a young, antisocial boy living in a world where almost every kid has a B-bot, a walking, talking, social networking device. But when he finally gets one of his own, the device malfunctions and ends up getting them into a troublesome adventure. The film opened last weekend and, despite a solid reception from critics and audiences, only managed fifth place at the box office thanks to some strong competition.
Ron’s Gone Wrong suffers from simply trying to tackle too much in one film. The film is entertaining enough to keep kids entertained of course, despite a messy act structure and some dark moments. That said, Ron’s Gone Wrong is neither funny enough nor is it impactful enough to leave a lasting impression compared to most of its animated robot competitors. Is it worth going to see? I would say not unless you need a movie that young kids can enjoy, because Encanto (2021) is still a month away.
Aside from a few terrifying character designs, the film looks fine. Some of the animation is perfectly average, but a few details like the depth of field as well as the water and mud simulations are absolutely fantastic.
The voice cast is also does the film justice. Jack Dylan Grazer sell the character very well, and Zach Galifianakis was an inspired choice for Ron the B-bot. Apparently Ed Helms and Olivia Colman are in the film, but I didn’t recognize them, so good job?
Now where Ron’s Gone Wrong goes wrong is the story structure, something children aren’t going to care about. The film is all over the place with its beats, featuring several repetitive moments like the ‘night is darkest’ moment that brings the characters to a low before the uplifting finale. That happens a few times before what feels like three different finales. What I think happened here is that they wrote a potent film about friendship, but it didn’t feel climactic enough. So the added this subplot about an evil CEO trying to get the robot to cover up a problem with coding so he doesn’t lose money. You know, every child’s favorite B-story…
Just- cut it. the film has a perfectly entertaining premise without the need of an antagonist, and if you want to have one, just use the young creator of the B-bot learning where he has gone wrong and learning about friendship. That’s in the film anyway! No instead we have to have a surprisingly dark antagonist who is fine letting a child die for a buck. Which he faces no legal ramifications for…
Speaking of ramifications, animated films get to play a little loose with seemingly many rules as long as it is funny, right? And the film is funny. For about two thirds, I was enjoying the relationship between the antisocial kid and his broken robot! that’s honestly a solid and potentially relatable story! But more than a few times the film goes out of its way to suspend belief with the littlest things, and not always for the sake of comedy. This took me out of the film often.
Now as for the film’s themes, it does try to touch on a few different issues, including social media, technology, and how friends grow apart. That last one is pretty potent in the film! The finale does resolve the social media issue in a way that isn’t quite as meaningful as I would have liked, but in a way that is certainly more believable and relatable to kids today. That said, I think the film does try to grasp a bit much. The story suddenly introduces a focus on Barney’s relationship with his father, only to quickly abandon it. Maybe… don’t being it up in the first place?
So if you are looking for a very fun, heartfelt film with great humor and some strong themes including a great focus on relationships all set to wonderful robot shenanigans, The Mitchells vs the Machines (2021) is streaming on Netflix now! Go check it out! If you are fine settling for second best animated robot film of the year, Ron’s Gone Wrong will keep kids entertained for a brief runtime that feels longer than Dune (2021) for anyone looking to derive substance from this mid-tier kids film. 5/10.
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-review by Ryan Prince