Andrea’s film review – Ron’s Gone Wrong

Ron’s Gone Wrong ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Review by Andrea Carnevali

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. Available to watch on  Disney+

This animated film came in and out in the blink of an eye and nobody really noticed it. It’s now on having a second life on Disney+, like most things today.

The basic plot of the lonely boy who’s befriending a robot, who’s hunted by a big corporation is clearly nothing new: this is essentially E.T. for a new generation (though, they should probably have watched Spielberg’s masterpiece first!).

Set in a future world where technology rules and pretty much every child has a B-Bot, which are essentially walking smartphone-like oval-shaped robots which help kids across roads, make connections with “friends” without the burden of social interaction.

It’s obviously a cautionary tale, not just for our children but for most of us grown-ups too (says a man who spends pretty much 16 hours a day in front a screen) about what it means to live online.

It’s not by chance that the B-Bots of this film seem to be designed by Apple.

The film definitely has high moral standards and ideals, but ultimately it doesn’t have the edge, nor the inspired comedic timing of The Mitchells vs. the Machines (one of the most pleasant surprises in animation from last year), nor the poignant and emotional weight of Wall-E, or the heart of E.T.

Eventually the film chooses an easier and just colourful route. It ticks all the “entertainment” boxes, all rather predictable and eventually muddles up and dilutes the central message, abandoning the pretence of exploring the emotional fragility of children, preferring instead a route which is just fun and loud (My Goodness this film is NOISY!)

I don’t want to sound too down on this. It’s a perfectly good film and definitely above the average, but with so much potential, I really wanted it to be better.

Andrea Carnevali is a Bafta winning film maker who lives in Chiswick.

Ron’s Gone Wrong is available to watch on Disney+

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