Ron’s Gone Wrong review, what parents need to know before you go.
Maybe you’ve been counting down to see Ron’s Gone Wrong since you saw the trailer and those McDonald’s toys that mysteriously came and went a few months back. Or maybe you’d never heard of it before and are intrigued by the little robot that looks like the offspring of Baymax and Eve. Either way, Ron’s Gone Wrong is now playing in theaters (only), and my kids and I agree, this not-quite Disney movie is great for families.
I say not quite because Disney has been promoting the film on social media since they acquired 20th Century Fox. But that’s pretty much where it stops. There’s no Disney castle at the start, and though it’s a family movie, you can tell that noticeable Disney spark just isn’t in it (though there are plenty of little Marvel and Star Wars easter eggs are). But don’t let that stop you from giving it a watch. Here’s our spoiler-free review of Ron’s Gone Wrong. Make sure you read to the end to see what my kids thought.
Ron’s Gone Wrong Review
Animated movies are my jam. So I was pretty excited for this from the get go. I went back and forth on which kids to bring to the movie and ultimately decided to take my two big kids (11 and 8) and leave the 3-year-old at home with her dad. Now I can say she probably would have enjoyed the movie, but there were a few slow parts, or scenes that were deeper and even my 8-year-old had questions about. The subject matter was more geared towards tweens, as the main character is in middle school. Lots of the conflict surrounds a social media-type space that had both me and my 11-year-old chuckling. And with a runtime of an hour and 46 minutes, it woulda been tricky to manage Lee Lee and my thoughts for a review. That said, I’m sure she’ll enjoy it when it’s streaming at home later.
The story felt a bit familiar to a movie we saw earlier this year–Sony’s Mitchell’s vs Machines. Right from the get go both of my kids were shaking their heads and saying “oh no, this is going to go bad,” and though it does, it’s not in the way we expected. The message of healthy tech habits and self-acceptance is similarly prominent, but where the former movie was more focused on family, this is more so on friendship.
What I Liked
More than just the movie, getting out to see a new film with my kids was a lot of fun. Had I not had them beside me and seen and heard their laughter I may not have enjoyed it as much, but as Jayda says in her review, this is a good family movie. Meaning, one that’s great to watch all together. Each of us laughed hysterically at different parts of the film, myself included, even laughing to near tears. Add to that the fact that my tween even understood some of the tech humor, and it hit like a feel-good family flick should.
My 11-year-old and I even had some great discussions on the way home about tracking and privacy on cell phones and I kid you not she uttered the words “maybe I don’t need a phone yet.” My 8-year-old son and I even had a good chat about friendship, and how he interprets the idea of “friendship is a two way street.” Definitely a lot you can discuss with your kids when you’re done laughing and unpacking some of the themes from the film.
What I Didn’t Like
Jayda and I agree the story seemed to kind of get stuck in circles at times. There was a lot of rising and falling action and several points where I wondered if we were coming to the ending only to find there was another mission at hand. This made the story feel a little disjointed at times. And the ending felt a bit rushed to fill in all of the open plot holes. I would have loved to see more development of some of the side characters and a deeper dive into one or two problems instead of like, seven.
For a non-Disney Animation Studios animated movie, the storytelling quality is about what I’d expect. Maybe even a little better. But some of the silly humor, excessive bullying, mild violence, a use of words like “hell” “sucks” “you’re a freak” “kill me now” and such, makes for less of a “Disney vibe” and may give some parents pause before watching it with their young kids.
There isn’t much diversity in the film, at least not with the main characters, which is something I’m always hoping we’ll get to see more of. But Ron’s Gone Wrong is definitely not scary, so you don’t need to worry about that.
Ron’s Gone Wrong Kid’s Review
Ok, enough of my rambling thoughts. Let me tell you what my big kids had to say. Here’s their kids review of Ron’s Gone Wrong.
What did you think of Ron’s Gone Wrong?
J: I thought it was great.
T: I thought it was cool.
J: Because I thought it had a good message. And taught me that I don’t need a phone even though I really want one.
T: Because it was funny.
What was the funniest part to you?
J: When she accidentally put something embarrassing on the internet and it kept showing up over and over.
T: Whenever he was like “I’m gonna rip your head off.” [See, violence]
Would you recommend it to your friends?
J: I would say yea. I’d recommend it to families to watch it. I might recommend it to one of my friends.
What message do you think the movie was trying to get across?
J: Be careful what you put on the internet. And be internet awesome.
T: Don’t let someone just be friends with you, you’ve gotta be friends back. [Jayda: It’s a two sided friendship]. I learned when you’re a bully you should be nice.
Who was your favorite character?
J: The girl [Savannah].
Who would you recommend this movie to?
J: Any age, but for it really to sink in for you to love it, it would probably be 6-10. I wouldn’t watch it on my own, but I liked to watch it with my family.
T: Malakai. I think he would like it cause I liked it. Kids who are like 8 and 9.
Do you think it’s for other kids?
J: I think bigger kids would like it too but it’s more of a family movie for them. I’d turn it on for the whole family.
T: Yea. I think they would get it.
Did you think it was scary?
Would you want to watch it again?
J: Oh yea!
T: Yea, I told you that.
How would you rank it compared to other animated movies?
J: I thought the brand was similar to Mitchells vs Machines and how they introduced the B*Bots, I wanted one. I liked it about the same as that. But I liked this way more than Luca.
T: It’s a tie with Luca. I liked it way more than Mitchells vs Machines.
What was your favorite part?
T: Whenever he’s fighting the bullies.
J: Same as the funniest part.
How do you rate it?
T: Out of 5 I’d give it a 4. Out of 10 I’d give it an 8.
J: I’d 4 out of 5 stars.
Is it worth going to the movies to see?
J: I think you should see it as soon as you can.
T: I wish we had seen it earlier. I think they should go see it in the movies.
Would your little sister like it?
T: Yea, but it’s long and she just doesn’t like long movies. And I think she might learn some bad stuff like “go away!”
J: Yea. But she can wait to see it until it comes out on Disney+.
And that’s what we’ll do for their 3-year-old sister. She’s pretty perceptive and some of the mild violence and language will likely rub off on her. Where my older kids know what to repeat and what not to, she will just parrot everything, especially if it gets a reaction out of us. So watching it with her where we have control of the remote will probably be best for our family. What about yours?
Are you planning to see Ron’s Gone Wrong? Have you seen it already? Let us know what you think!
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