Ron’s Gone Wrong – 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Review

Ron's Gone Wrong

Let’s be real here. Kids are not as stupid as Hollywood might think they are. Sure, they’re not world-weary, but they do have basic logic of the world around them. Kid logic, if you will. That’s why it doesn’t make much sense when studios spend loads of money on a film and you don’t cater to a kid’s intelligence. Unfortunately, Ron’s Gone Wrong is the kind of film that talks down to kids. 

That’s not to say that the film doesn’t have intriguing ideas. The movie explores the concept of making friends in the digital age and how you grow apart from people the older you get. However, the problem lies in how Ron’s Gone Wrong tries to implement these themes. The movie doesn’t try to do anything new or different with it. Instead, it retreads everything that has been done before.

Of course, in the digital age, these themes are something that isn’t unique. With technology getting more expensive and advanced by the day, there’ll be kids that won’t have that new, trendy device. To its credit, this movie does a good job of trying to tell kids that they don’t need these devices to find friends, nor do they need them to be happy. 

As for the animation, it very much looks like something from lower-tier DreamWorks or Illumination. In other words, there isn’t anything particularly elegant about any of the designs or animation. 

Overall, Ron’s Gone Wrong isn’t going to change the world in any way. Not to mention, all of the movie’s themes have been explored in other, better movies. Nevertheless, it’s still a funny, likable, modern-day movie that has something to say about how we raise our children. Also, at a brisk 106-minute runtime, the film is entertaining enough to give the movie a shot. 

Movie Rating: 3/5 atoms

Ron's Gone Wrong - Jack Dylan Grazer and Zach Galifianakis

Video

Ron’s Gone Wrong hits Ultra HD Blu-ray with an HDR10 transfer and a 2.39:1 aspect ratio. As usual with animation movies in 4K, the whites are crisp, and the blacks are deep. Also, both contain excellent dynamic and smooth gradients. The HDR adds the usual layers of depth and color brilliance to the vibrant tone of the movie. At the same time, the colors are broad but not very bright, but they are more vivid. Detail rendering is excellent as the picture has three-dimensional quality with a crisp texture and superb edge definition.

Video Rating: 5/5 atoms

Ron's Gone Wrong - Cullen McCarthy, Ava Morse, Ricardo Hurtado, and Kylie Cantrall

Audio

Ron’s Gone Wrong hits Ultra HD Blu-ray with a Dolby Atmos and a core 7.1 Dolby TrueHD Master Audio track. This review will reflect Ron’s Gone Wrong‘s Dolby Atmos track. While this is not an aggressive Atmos mix, it is an engaging one that compliments the vibrant material. It is thoroughly engaging in terms of its surround usage. Much of the surround channels are full of well-defined and seamless effects that coincide with the film nicely. Meanwhile, the overheads are a mix of atmospheric and distinct sound effects. Dialogue is clear and naturally positioned in the front center channel.

Audio Rating: 4/5 atoms

Ron's Gone Wrong - Zach Galifianakis

Special Features

Ron’s Gone Wrong‘s Ultra HD Blu-ray disc doesn’t have any special features on it. However, you can find the following special features on the 1080p Blu-ray disc:

  • A Boy and His B*Bot: When Jack Met Zach
  • Making Ron Right
  • Theatrical Trailer
Features Assessment

With “A Boy and His B*Bot,” Zach Galifianakis and Jack Dylan Grazer, the voices behind Ron and Barney, chat about an entertaining assortment of subjects. The two actors from two very different generations talk about many things, from social media to skateboarding. As for “Making Ron Right,” the main cast and crew talk about what it took to bring this film to life. From writing the script to the voiceover work, this featurette explores the story, social commentary, cast camaraderie, animation, and so much more.

Special Features Rating: 2/5 atoms


Overall, Ron’s Gone Wrong is a typical children’s movie. Fortunately, the film isn’t so bad that parents are going to hate their lives for the entirety of the runtime. The video presentation is spectacular, and so is the audio mix despite the lack of aggression in the Atmos mix. Unfortunately, the bonus features are severely lacking in content.

Overall Rating: 3.5/5 atoms

Ron’s Gone Wrong is now available in stores on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray.

This Blu-ray was reviewed using a retail/advance copy/unit provided by Walt Disney Home Entertainment.

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