The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (Review)

In his first big screen outing since 2004’s ‘The SpongeBob Squarepants Movie’, everyone’s favorite sponge delivers the laughs once again in ‘The SpongeBob Move: Sponge Out of Water’.

This movie delivers everything fans have come to expect from the Nickelodeon show, splashing in new elements, making the film feel different from the show. The jokes are funny and the colors are psychedelic, making the film every child and stoner’s dream.

SpongeBob and his friends set out on a journey, encountering pirates and galactic dolphins, all to reclaim the crabby patty formula and save Bikini Bottom.

‘The SpongeBob Move: Sponge Out of Water’ finds Plankton up to his old tricks, trying to steal the crabby patty formula from Mr. Krabs. In his attempt to steal the formula, it is stolen, but not by Plankton. Without crabby patties, Bikini Bottom descends into anarchy, causing SpongeBob and Plankton to form an unlikely bond.

SpongeBob and Plankton are accused of stealing the formula, leading the two to build a time machine and travel back to the moment it disappeared. In their adventures across time and space, the two encounter a space dolphin and they see what becomes of Bikini Bottom due to the “Crabby Patty Famine”.

Their next adventure finds themselves venturing on land (with some help from the space dolphin) and discovering who stole the formula. The formula was stolen by a pirate/food vendor named Burger Beard (Antonio Banderas) who possesses a book that allows him to write the story in his favor. This book allows for the mysterious disappearance of the formula and allows SpongeBob and his friends to morph into superheroes, defeating Burger Beard.

Even though the movie was very enjoyable, bringing on the laughs one after the other, it still felt familiar and not in a good way. The stealing of the crabby patty formula is a tried and true plot line in the show and has proven to be very successful for the show but do we really need an hour and a half movie about it. I feel like it is perhaps the most unoriginal route they could have gone in terms of the story.

With the story, comes the part in the movie when SpongeBob, Patrick, Sandy, Mr. Krabs, Plankton and Squidward go on land, merging classic SpongeBob animation with live-action. I really enjoyed this part because it drove home the point of the movie splendidly which is that teamwork can accomplish anything. I also liked the idea of making the characters superheroes and as completely different versions of themselves because we got to see them in a way we haven’t before.

Even though I liked these parts, the mixing in of the live-action elements felt wrong. Seeing SpongeBob in any other style besides the one he originated in jus doesn’t work. Also i feel like SpongeBob is much more suited for television and doesn’t translate well into a film.

While ‘The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water’ is a very enjoyable movie and made me feel nostalgic, it just felt wrong.

3.5 Rating

I give ‘The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water’ 3.5 out of 5 film reels.

‘The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water’ arrives in theaters February 6th, 2015 and stars Antonio Banderas, Clancy Brown, Tom Kenny, Thomas F. Wilson, Bill Fagerbakke, Rodger Bumpass, Carolyn Lawrence, Mr. Lawrence. The film is directed by Paul Tibbitt.

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