The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water: Film Review – A hilarious joyride for kids

The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water is a laugh riot, which takes adults back to their Nickelodeon days and kids on a joyride with the affable and eternal optimist Spongebob. The 2004 movie, The Spongebob Squarepants Movie had Tom Kenny voicing Spongebob and Roger Bumpass as the doctor and this movie sees them reprise their roles in the movie.

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This film has Paul Tibbitt at the helm, who also directed the 2004 film. A menacing pirate Burger-Bread (Antonio Banderas, strikingly similar to Jack Sparrow with the boat) grabs hold of a book where whatever written comes true, on the island of Bikini Atoll. He then narrates a story to sea gulls (of course, they can sing and dance) of Spongebob Squarepants, the friendly sea sponge who earns his living as a fry cook, living on the ocean floor of Bikini Town. Spongebob works at the Krusty Krab fast food restaurant, with competitor Plankton, hatching diabolical plans to rob the secret formula from which Spongebob makes his delicious Krusty Patty. Along with his friend Patrick, the loyal starfish (Bill Fagerbakke), Spongebob tries to thwart the villainous Plankton, who comes at them with tanks and planes. Plankton finally manages to trick the simpleton Spongebob into giving away the formula, but the two get into a tug of war with the formula secretly vanishing. Krusty Krab owner (voiced by Clancy Brown) tortures Plankton, but when Spongebob takes Plankton’s side, the entire town turns on them. They manage to escape, but leaving Bikini Bottom in an apocalyptic mess. Spongebob and Plankton then team up to find the missing formula, setting up the rest of the film.

The movie is stretched and monotonous, often giving away the storyline. The action sequences are unnecessary, often trying to grab your attention. Writers Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger (of Kung Fu Panda fame) have also tried to make this for the adults, but fail to do so with a weak story. The movie switches between live action and animation, which was also a feature of the 2004 film but seems like a mash-up song in the film. A few scenes in the movie are hilarious, with Patrick, who outdoes Spongebob with his comic timing and dialogue delivery. The comedy in the film is not your run-of-the mill type, with spontaneous and vibrant comedy being ever present throughout.

Why Should You Watch this Film?

Watch this with kids, as the animation, prepped with the quirky nature of Spongebob makes this a must summer watch!

Shlomoh Samuel

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