RON’S GONE WRONG (2021)
A perfectly fine animated film that delivers the laughs and heart, Ron’s Gone Wrong suffers from being overshadowed by The Mitchells vs. The Machines and an unbalanced structure that fails to leave a lasting impact.
In a world where seemingly every youngster has a B-Bot, a personable interconnected digital device, Barney (Jack Dylan Grazer) finally is gifted a malfunctioning bot (Zach Galifianakis) that ends up threatening its parent company while teaching its young companion about the true meaning of friendship. The story vacillates between technology saving friendships and technology destroying the world due to corporate greed, a struggle over the value of being interconnected explored throughout. What’s unfortunate for the filmmakers is that the acquisition of Fox by Disney and constant delays probably took the wind out of their sails, instead leaving it chasing the success of similar films before it. There is a lot to like here in terms of the voice acting, the jokes that make you laugh out loud, and the crisp animation, but also a feeling of Ron’s Gone Wrong playing it safe; we’ve seen this all before, from the animation to the focus on technology’s impact on the world. While the story is enough to keep viewers engaged, the film seems to take a scattershot approach at tackling too much instead of maintaining a linear story that would be best for the intended audience.
It should be noted that there is an incredibly inappropriate joke somewhere in the middle here involving a neighbor and a picture, the inclusion of which is simply shocking to me. It’s in incredibly poor taste and absolutely unnecessary, in addition to being downright disgusting. Luckily the rest of the film is there to overshadow it. Come for Olivia Colman playing an immigrant grandmother in over-the-top fashion, stay for some humorous shenanigans, but don’t rush to see it.
Ron’s Gone Wrong hits theaters October 22nd, 2021.
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