Howdy ladies and gents, time for a fresh new review from the cinema! Yeah, I decided to get out of the house today and watch something and so I decided to start with something questionable, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water. Now before watching this film I had a lot of reservations like: 1) I thought that the trailers loved less than impressive. 2) I wasn’t interested in the CG versions of the characters. And 3) My love for SpongeBob peaked around season 3, everything beyond that was okay or totally substandard. So was this film worth the effort? Well read on and find out.
When it comes to the plot it can be summarised as the following:
“When a diabolical pirate above the sea steals the secret Krabby Patty formula, SpongeBob and his nemesis Plankton must team up in order to get it back.”
Surprisingly the film was better than I expected, the plot was simple and easy to follow and it really felt like an episode of TV show. I thought from the trailers that this was just going to be another mindless animated film for children, however there was fun to be had with this film. The was not perfect by any means. Like I said before the film felt an episode of the show, however, that you do feel like this could have been a TV movie as there really wasn’t too much in this plot that couldn’t have been done on TV. Another thing to note, If you’re fan of some of the other secondary characters then you’ll be sorely disappointed as they are limited to cameos or random non-speaking roles and its disappointing. Also the humour wasn’t always on-point, now I don’t if it was just because there was a small audience in my film screening or if the writers are running out of steam, but there was silence throughout most of the film. Besides the odd chuckle, there was no laugh-out-loud moments at all. And some of the more childish aspects of the TV series were apparent too with your basic slapstick and toilet humour. Now I have to say that there are elements of this film that I liked more so than the first SpongeBob film in 2004, but that film felt like a film and not an extended episode of the show.
The cast was pretty good. Tom Kenny is still as charismatic as SpongeBob SquarePants, Bill Fagerbakke is fun as Patrick Star and Clancy Brown is still wonderfully aggressive as Mr. Krabs and he had some of my favourite lines. Mr. Lawrence is another person with some great lines as Plankton, while Rodger Bumpass is good as Squidward Tentacles but I feel like he wasn’t used as much as I would have liked, and Carolyn Lawrence is fine as Sandy Cheeks. But the best voice work came from Matt Berry as Bubbles. When I heard Bubbles speak I recognised his voice immediately as Douglas Reynholm in The IT Crowd, I was so happy. And finally Antonio Banderas as Burger-Beard the Pirate was cool, I mean his character was over the top, silly and very similar to Patchy the Pirate, but I think he was fine.
What I appreciated the most was the presentation. Visually this film is beautiful. One thing to note is that this film is primarily in 2D with traditional cel animation (probably digital though) and it looks just like the TV show, however, there is a higher quality in the colours, art and fluidity. Also this film has some great action scenes and some really acid trip-like sequences that were so fun to watch. The CGI used on the 3D characters in live-action was decent, though it was unnecessary. The music was also decent with a decent film score from John Debney and the use of “Squeeze Me” by N.E.R.D. was actually quite enjoyable.
In conclusion The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water was better than I expected, with some really great 2D animation (which was wrongly hidden in the marketing for the film), wonderful voice work and trippy sequences, it definitely makes for a fun time. That being said this film was not nearly as fun as the early seasons of the TV show and felt a little like an extended episode than a film. If you’re a die-hard fan this film’s for you, however, if you’re fan of the earlier seasons or not into SpongeBob at all then I would give this one a miss.
Rating: 6.5/10 (Better than I expected, but not a return to form for the classic yellow character)
So have you seen The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water and if so what did you think of it? Also if you’re a long-term SpongeBob fan how do you feel about this film, is it better or worse than the last one? And do you think it needed to be made or should have been left in the dark? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below. Well that’s me done, until the next time, peace out yo! 😀