Released: 15th October 2021
Cast: Jack Dylan Grazer, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms & Olivia Colman
Director: Sarah Smith
Writer: Peter Baynham & Sarah Smith
Duration: 1hr 46mins
Genres: Animation, Adventure & Comedy.
Synopsis: 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.
Surprisingly I found myself more entertained by this movie than I thought I would. The concept was great from the onset. It was more impressive than Space Jam: A New Legacy and The Addams Family 2 combined.
Barney spent most of his childhood sitting on the outside without a friendship group to call his own. His struggles throughout childhood seem to change when he eventually gifted his individual B-Bot Ron. B-Bot's are a combination of a robotic life-size best friend with all the most popular smartphone applications making them the ultimate gift, but Ron is somewhat broken. As the movie progresses, it shows that broken does not always mean bad. Their friendship develops in unexpected ways.
Over the last decade, society has accepted technology and social media is a piece of our everyday routine, which has now filtered into the younger generation in a way that shapes more of their lives than anything else. While the industry continues to develop rapidly, most people have found it easier to expose the younger generation to social media from an earlier age as it seems to be the popular thing. Honestly, I have mixed feelings when it comes to introducing the younger generation to social media. It becomes an addiction that is harder to break later in life.
Using this concept allows the writers to shed light on the social media addiction children have. The ones without it get shoved aside and sometimes become bullied for being different. They also manage to highlight the importance of putting your differences aside and working together to make lifetime connections.
Being the debut movie from Locksmith Animation, I was impressed. They constructed a high-quality production that contained a lot of detail which kept my eyes glued to the screen. It was fun and light.
Having fun without technology seems like something of the past, but I still believe there is hope if society continues to take small breaks from our devices and socialise with others in the odd fashion way, face to face.
My Star rating: 4/5.
If you are looking for a real rounded heartfelt family movie with a side of fun, then this is the one for you.
All images taken from Google Images.