Wednesday, March 4, 2015

MINI-REVIEW: The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water

The Spongebob Movie:
Sponge Out of Water

Antonio Banderas, Tom Kenny


February 6, 2015

Paul Tibbitt

Paramount Animation,
Nickelodeon Movies

1 hour 32 minutes



Time to throw logic out the window, because "The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water" is one of the trippiest, most insane and bizarrely fun kids movies of this generation.  Despite being a sequel to the fantastic "The Spongebob Squarepants Movie" that came out 11 years ago, this one has not a single mention of the first film's events whatsoever.  And you know what?  I was totally fine with that.  Basically the story of the film is this: the Krabby Patty secret formula goes missing, causing Bikini Bottom to go into full anarchy mode, and it's up to Spongebob and Mr. Krabs' arch-nemesis Plankton to find it and get it back.  There's also a pirate in the film played by Antonio Banderas, and the iconic sea-creatures do end up going "out of water" into the live action world, but that only comes in the last half hour of the 92 minute film.

Most of the film actually had 2D animation, and let me tell you, it was absolutely gorgeous to look at.  Don't let the trailers and the poster fool you: this is a much different "Spongebob" movie than you'd expect, and I say that in the best way possible.  This movie is absurd, insane, and unpredictably fun, and even though it has flaws that are to be expected from a kids film like this, it's hard to deny the effort that the filmmakers actually put into this.  I haven't watched a single episode of the series since the show started going to shambles back in 2005, so seeing this is pretty refreshing and reminisces of a time where the show took chances and made some hilarious and subtly dirty jokes along the way.  If this is any indication that "Spongebob" could return to its old school roots and deliver on making teens and adults laugh, then sign me up for more, because this film is definitely worth checking out.


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