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

After the revelations of a Facebook whistle-blower, “Ron’s Gone Wrong” sends viewers into a world that looks more dystopian than it did before, a computer-animated film that promotes the virtues of analogue living. It’s fine as a family-friendly movie.

Devices are the focus of the film, directed by Sarah Smith and Jean-Philippe Vine. Children’s social media accounts are being monitored by an R2-D2-sized robot called the B*Bot created by Bubble, a Facebook and Apple mashup. The B*Bot plugs into children’s social media accounts and serves as a constant companion to help Bubble become a surveillance emporium.

While waiting for his birthday present, Barney (played by Jack Dylan Grazer) is presented with a robotic arm that has been knocked out of his van and has since become rather frisky, eager to see how much force it can exert on the school bully. Repetition is the key to the droid’s comedy, and Zach Galifianakis’ voice makes it even funnier the more you hear it. There is a lot of humour in the animation, especially in the droid’s body design and rough graphics, which seem to reference an older generation of iMacs and Atari.

Some of the caricatures (Barney’s goat-raising Bulgarian grandmother is played by Olivia Colman, whose voice is unrecognisable). But even if the central ideas — that friendships are better formed the old-fashioned way, and that technology creates the illusion of connection while actually increasing loneliness — sound like platitudes, they serve as a harsh reality check for screen-addicted children and adults alike.

Ron’s Made a Mistake
An R-rating has been given to this film. A total of 1:46:46 is the running time. The film is currently showing in cinemas.