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Ron's Gone Wrong

Published January 2, 2022

Ron's Gone Wrong

Film info

  • Title Ron's Gone Wrong
  • Directors Sarah Smith, Jean-Philippe Vine
  • Year 2021
  • Run time 1hr 46m
  • Genres Animation, Comedy, Family, Science-Fiction
  • Tagline Best friend forever* (*Battery life may vary)

Ron's Gone Wrong is the story of Barney, a socially awkward middle-schooler, and Ron, his new walking, talking, digitally connected device, which is supposed to be his 'best friend out of the box.' Ron's hilarious malfunctions - set against the backdrop of the social media age - launch Barney and Ron into an action-packed journey in which boy and robot come to terms with the wonderful messiness of true friendship.

Live blog

Time Comment
1:18 That bubble HQ is so cool!
6:09 I quite like the idea of just changing pet every now and then. Penguin! Panda! Pufferfish!
9:25 “Would you go talk to Barney? He likes rocks.” Dude.
14:27 Love the dad trying to dictate not looking at devices all day whilst being distracted by his phone.
17:33 I can’t stand progress bars at the best of times, let alone ones that go backwards.
21:48 Is the Dad some kind of Del Boy?
31:57 Having to think of words beginning with A under pressure.
36:34 “I, for one, could not live with… what that would do to our share price.”
41:05 Returned to the facility is actually a cute way of saying it.
47:01 “How can you have fun offline? It’s against nature.”
54:07 LEVELLING UP.
1:04:55 Films make leaves look fun but they are usually big damp piles of mulch.
1:10:41 “A bird has commented on your face.”
1:22:40 The cloud is in a concrete fortress… like all clouds these days!
1:30:44 Really not sure that’s how cloud servers work but it’s cute.

Thoughts

This was SUCH a good film… right up until the moment that it wasn’t. Ron is, obviously, hugely adorable and we all want one. And the story about friendship, about social media, about looking up into the real world every now and then, it’s all good and quite moving in places. Plus Rob Delaney as some kind of evil Tim Cook/Steve Jobs is brilliant.

However, they just didn’t have a third act, something that is often the problem with these films… there’s no good way to wrap it up because there is no real answer at the moment. There are significant plot holes towards the end of the film, because either the writers/directors misunderstood or just wilfully ignored how technology actually works. And the moral becomes a bit wobbly towards the end.

So initially good, and worth a watch, but by the end quite frustrating and forgettable.

Rating: 2 / 5

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