On this “Ron’s Gone Wrong” movie review, it is about a critique of Big Tech’s intrusive and deceitful practices, as well as the ways we give up a little more of our privacy with each click and watch. It highlights social media’s shallow character and how it fosters bullying and insecurity, particularly among young people for whom it serves as a lifeline.
“Ron’s Gone Wrong” is also a celebration of technology’s good power, of its potential to link us with others who share our interests, as well as to teach and transport us with a few keystrokes. And, at its core, it’s a lively and at times amusing animated adventure movie as well as a beautiful friendship story. This is a film that wants to have its cake and eat it too, complete with cookies on the side.
Directors Working from a script by Smith and Peter Baynham, Sarah Smith and Jean-Philippe Vine, as well as co-director Octavio E. Rodriguez, don’t give us anything we haven’t already heard or know. Electronic devices are harmful to our health. We’ve become dependent on them at the price of actual human engagement. And the platforms that were supposed to bring us together have rather pushed us apart. Furthermore, “Ron’s Gone Wrong” draws inspiration from a variety of films in portraying the story of a lonely youngster and his adorable but flawed droid companion, ranging from “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial” to “Big Hero 6” to “Her” and even that forgotten ’80s comedy “Electric Dreams.”
But darned if the B-character Bot’s design, “Your best friend out of the box,” isn’t charming with its happy face and soft-edged simplicity. Despite his severe literalism and strange turns of speech, he’s just so cheerful and well-intentioned as portrayed by Zach Galifianakis that you can’t help but adore him. But, when you think about it, the muddled messaging on exhibit here is both harmful and unavoidable.
Barney, a misfit grade schooler who fears the isolation of recess, is voiced by Jack Dylan Grazer (“It,” “Shazam!”). Every kid in school receives one when Bubble, an Apple-like big tech company, releases a gleaming new device that follows you about, learns everything you like, and links you with others through your apps. In a reference to participatory games like Roblox, you can even switch up their multicolored skins, which range from bunny rabbits to Mexican wrestlers. His nerdy widower father (Ed Helms) and old-country Bulgarian grandma (Olivia Colman, doing unintelligible voice work) contrive a method to get one for him as a belated birthday present—the only problem is, it slid off the back of a truck, so it’s a teeny bit malfunctioning.
Nonetheless, the minimalist Ron (as Barney refers to him) is eager to please, and the scenes in which he and Barney try to bond despite his technological difficulties are among the best in the film. Ron goes out into the world to exchange images with people and hand out connection request made out of poster board and crayon in one entertaining segment. The tempo is excellent, and the wordplay is consistently amusing. When Ron goes wild on the playground, the B-idealistic, Bot’s hoodie-wearing founder (Justice Smith) and Bubble’s heartless, profit-obsessed CEO (Rob Delaney) both fight to manage the consequences with little damage—albeit for different reasons. Their opposing goals are akin to the film’s attempt to operate on two levels at once: they just cannot work together.
Whether they’re loners like Barney or secretly depressed popular females like Savannah (Kylie Cantrall), who’s constantly fed the beast of social media to enhance her self-esteem, young viewers will certainly see a lot of themselves in these characters. There’s also a great film on the subject: Bo Burnham’s “Eighth Grade.” However, for tweens and younger children, this less complicated model should suffice. Such an interesting movie that worth to wait on 123Movies site isn’t it?