This review contains some minor spoilers. Please keep that in mind when reading my review.
Summary: The story of Barney, an awkward middle-schooler and Ron, his new walking, talking, digitally-connected device. Ron’s malfunctions set against the backdrop of the social media age launch them on a journey to learn about true friendship.
Title: Ron’s Gone Wrong
Runtime: 1 hour 52 minutes
Cast: Jack Dylan Grazer, Zachary Galifiankais, Ed Helms, Olivia Coleman, Rob Delaney, Justice Smith, Kylie Cantrall, Ricardo Hurtado, Cullen James McCarthy, Ava Morse, Marcus Scribner, Thomas Barbusca, Sarah Miller, Bentley Kalu, Krupa Pattani, John Macmillan, Megan Maczko, Ruby Wax, David Menkin and Iara Nemirovsky
Directors: Sarah Smith, Jean-Philippe Vine and Octavio E. Rodriguez
Writers: Peter Baynham and Sarah Smith
Barney is the only kid in his school without a Bot, he’s lonely and wishes he had some friends. His dad gets him a Bot for his birthday but it’s defective. It’s up to Barney to teach him how to be a friend, whilst trying to save him from being destroyed by the company that made him.
This was an interesting movie, not one I would typically watch but I was intrigued and so I gave it a shot. There were things i liked and many things I didn’t like about it. It was a bit of an odd movie, but it had heart deep rooted in to it.
I didn’t like that a huge premise of the movie was filled with bullying it was awful and not really that essential. There was too much of it and it was a little off putting if I’m honest. With his school classmates being bully’s, to the Bots bullying each other, the Bots bullying their own kids, to the company itself creating a friend Bot but it causes segregation due to not being compatible by their profiles. It was all a little over the top in my opinion with the bullying stuff.
I did like that Barney built a relationship with Ron and that he ends up having someone that cared so deeply for him and that he connected with. Though it was a flawed relationship it was still cute. It was so heartbreaking how lost Barney was before he had him and though he got annoyed with his broken Bot he really needed him around and together built up a precious friendship.
I liked this movie but didn’t thoroughly enjoy it. I found so much of it that I didn’t enjoy and couldn’t get past the issues with it as they were so central to the whole storyline unfortunately. Though bits were really cute and I liked them, and I liked the characters progressions throughout the movie too. So though it’s not a movie I’d watch again it was still interesting to watch.