The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (2015) [Review]

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.

This a movie that would excel if it were to be watched in 10 minute doses. However, in terms of an 80 minute long running gag of bottom jokes, fart noises and forced humour it becomes a little grating.

Instead we have a story that could probably have been used for an episode, dragged out for an over-extended period of time, with Antonio Banderas as the captain who opens a burger shack using the Krabby Patty formula. Spongebob and the gang end up in embroiled in a back and forth of who did what, filled sporadically with your usual gags and humour that makes Spongebob the cartoon sensation it has become. It’s fast paced, ridiculous, and eventually this commotion with the usual over-reaction spills out onto the surface.

Fans of the original cartoon presumably would have been outraged at this point as their beloved characters become 3D above water superheroes. While I couldn’t care less if they made a CGI version of a cartoon, I do care when it is executed this poorly. It feels anti-climatic, it’s over too quickly, and I’m exhausted at this point. The only thing keeping me watching are the odd jokes for the adults and silliness of Patrick.

It’s a difficult task to make something that is designed to be annoying, not so annoying for the sake of a film and universal enjoyment, but part of me wanted that when I went to see this. I wanted the intense, anarchic, reckless, gag-a-minute, Spongebob that I know and love, for the entire 80 minutes. But what I got instead was humour that felt less organic, dumbed down, and a movie that could barely sustain my interest for longer than an episode would have.

Compared to the first movie, this is a disappointment. I laughed, but not enough to warrant me recommending this to anyone. Maybe it would have been better to watch in smaller doses, but as a film, I wouldn’t even advise your kids to watch it – you’ll all be bored by the end.

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