‘Ron’s Gone Wrong’ Review: Still Under Warranty

We give up more of our privacy with each click and stream, and “Ron’s Gone Wrong” is a criticism of the invasive, devious practises of Big Tech.

Especially among the young people for whom it is a lifeline, it highlights the superficial nature of social media and how it fosters bullying and fears.

‘Ron’s Gone Wrong’ Review: Still Under Warranty

‘Ron’s Gone Wrong’ Review

The good power of technology is also praised in “Ron’s Gone Wrong,” which is praised for its capacity to bring people together who have common interests and to instruct and transport them with the tap of a few keys. And at its core, it’s a heartwarming tale of friendship set in an animated adventure that’s a lot of fun.

The film wants both cake and cookies, so to speak.

Directors The film’s writers and directors, Sarah Smith, Jean-Philippe Vine, and Octavio E. Rodriguez, who based their work on a screenplay by Smith and Peter Baynham, fail to provide us with any new information

The use of electronic devices is harmful. We’ve become dependent on them to the detriment of our ability to connect with one another in real life. And the very platforms that were meant to bring us together have served to widen the gap between us instead..

Plot of “Ron’s Gone Wrong”

In addition, the plot of “Ron’s Gone Wrong,” which follows a lonely youngster and his lovely but flawed droid companion, is based on elements from a wide variety of previous films, including “E.T. : The Extra-Terrestrial,” “Big Hero 6,” “Her,” and even the forgotten ’80s comedy “Electric Dreams.”

The B-character Bot’s design, “Your best friend out of the box,” may be simplistic and cute, but you can’t deny its appeal. His spoken version by Zach Galifianakis makes him seem so upbeat and well-meaning that you can’t help but enjoy him, even with his severe literalism and bad phrasing.

However, upon closer inspection, it becomes clear that the conflicting messages being sent are problematic and cannot be ignored.

Cast of “Ron’s Gone Wrong”

Barney, a middle school outcast who dreads spending time alone himself at recess, is voiced by Jack Dylan Grazer (“It,” “Shazam!”).

Bubble, a company akin to Apple in scale, releases a new dazzling device that follows you wherever you go, knows everything you like, and links you to others through your apps, and every kid in school but him gets one.

In a reference to role-playing games like Roblox, you can even give them new, brightly coloured skins, transforming them into everything from bunny rabbits to Mexican wrestlers.

His nerdy widower dad (Ed Helms) and his old-world Bulgarian grandmother (Olivia Colman, doing unrecognisable voice work) plot to get him one for his birthday, but the only problem is that it slid off the back of a truck and is somewhat broken.

Even still, Barney’s minimalist Ron (as he is called) is eager to please, and the scenes in which he and Barney try to connect despite the former’s technological shortcomings are the film’s high points.

Ron rolls about town showing off his photography skills to random people and passing out homemade friend invitations from crayon and paper. There is a lot of energy in the writing, and the wordplay is always clever.

When Ron goes berserk on the playground, the video goes viral, and both the idealistic, hoodie-wearing inventor of the B-Bot (Justice Smith) and the heartless, profit-obsessed CEO of Bubble (Rob Delaney) struggle to handle the aftermath with little damage—though for very different reasons.

Like the film itself, which tries to function on two opposing levels at once, these characters’ goals are incompatible with one another.

Whether they identify with Barney the lone wolf or Savannah the secretly sad popular girl (Kylie Cantrall), who is always feeding the beast of social media to improve her self-esteem, young viewers will likely recognise a lot of themselves in these characters.


In addition, “Eighth Grade,” a film by Bo Burnham, is a superior treatment of the subject. This simpler model may not cut it for teenagers, but it should be fine for preteens and younger children.

The movie is now showing.