Ron’s Gone Wrong
          review by Bobby Blakey

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Animated films tend to offer up some of the most creative stories and when handled right the most fun you can have at the movies. The latest Ron’s Gone Wrong features a great voice cast including Zach Galifianakis, Jack Dylan Grazer, Olivia Colman, Ed Helms, Justice Smith, Rob Delaney, Kylie Cantrall, Ricardo Hurtado, Marcus Scribner, and Thomas Barbusca. Could this flick offer up the promised fun or will it be a technological nightmare?

Ron’s Gone Wrong follows 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 them into an action-packed journey in which boy and robot come to terms with the wonderful messiness of true friendship.

 

The trailers for this were funny enough, but was never fully invested in wanting to see it so how well does it deliver? To my surprise it was pretty entertaining. Sure there are elements that are done much better in other films and often clichéd, but it still manages to find its own voice and be a load of fun.

 

The story is simple enough and takes on the social media and technology of the world and how it is both controlling and influencing everything these days. With that also comes with the story of family and personal interaction that continues to be a theme these days since the world sadly lacks more of that keeping this whole concept relevant. In the mist of all this is a chaotic adventure that is fun to watch and keeps the laughs coming.

 

The voice cast are all good with no one doing anything really standout, but bringing the characters to life successfully. It’s not really hard to figure out where this story is going and likely going to end up, but it’s the

fun journey that makes it work. Is it better than other animated films dealing with similar topics, probably not, but it still plants its own voice to the issues and genre.

 

In addition to the film this release offers up bonus content including a music video and featurettes. Grab your copy of Ron’s Gone Wrong available now on digital, 4K, Blu-ray and DVD from 20th Century Studios.