The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water
~ Paramount Pictures
This is the absolute best new Spongebob related thing I've seen in quite a long time.
Let me tell you all a little something about my favorite undersea sponge. His show has suffered from a case of Seasonal Rot thanks to being manipulated and squeezed dry by Nickelodeon executives to the point of barely resembling who he once was anymore. He'll have a few decent episodes every once in a while but a lot of them end up being infamous for how bad they are or how much they miss the point of the original spirit of the series. I do plan on talking about those one day. Here though, I have to say this, they got completely different writers then the ones working on the current show for this movie. Who did they get? The guys who knew what the hell they were doing with Spongebob way back when of course. Surprise, surprise, They managed to make a good movie.
There's something I feel you all should know going into this movie first and foremost though. The movie couldn't escape from being something that the people who marketed it couldn't help but try and lie to you about. If you've seen the trailers then you know the movie is called "Sponge Out of Water" with the gang on land in a bit of a new Superhero concept going for it. For anyone whose disappointed by the life-action aspect of it, don't be. The trailers lied to you.
The "Out of Water" in this movie is only in the last third of the movie. The rest of it is entirely in the traditional 2-D animation you'd normally expect it to be. That gave me a substantial amount of respect for the film itself. I do have to wonder if the marketing team thought it made sense to make it seem like it was mostly life-action. Perhaps they were trying to justify calling it "Sponge Out of Water". After having seen the movie, it doesn't seem like that being the major focus isn't as pronounced as it was made out to be.
Instead, what's pronounced is the drugs. All of the drugs. Get ready to go on a trip because this movie was crazy. You're going to see a ton of colors and surreal images that'll make you think you're on acid. If you're not, I'm certain the screen found some way to inject it into your system through your eyes. It feels great though. You really can't help but enjoy how well animated and out of control everything is.
The basic premise without spoiling too much is that HEY, Plankton wants to steal the formula again. He almost manages to do it too but when he and Spongebob are fighting over it... it just disappears. Without a formula there's no Krabby Patties because not only did they run out but it's so secret that Spongebob wasn't allowed to commit it to memory. So then the apocalypse happens. All of this turns out to have been set in motion somehow by Antonio Banderas, who plays the Pirate Burger Beard.
Burger Beard. I fucking love it.
That's basically the jist of things. The majority of the movie is really just a cleverly outlined team-up between our main hero and someone rather unexpected. As you go through it you do start to realize how much funnier they're managing to be on their own without being offensive or resorting to padding like the newer Spongebob episodes (and Family Guy) tend to be. All of it really does make it seem like things have become fully realized and they take advantage of every creative aspect they've put into the movie rather well.
While it's an enjoyably good movie, I can't say that it's an all around fantastic one. A lot of its problems do admittedly come from a few pacing issues for me. At points I began to wonder if certain detours they were taking were actually necessary to further the plot. It ended up being okay though because not only were they funny but they actually did end up serving the plot. Also, a lot of the things that do happen, while certainly extremely memorable and out there, do lack a certain punch that I felt the first movie had done a lot better in some area. It's rather noticeable how much more serious everything was in the first movie compared to this one where it's obvious they were focusing strictly on the jokes. Now that's fine and all, as I said it was very funny, but as a movie it can be a little hard not to notice. Sometimes that can land the risk of making your movie seem like an extended episode of the show rather then its own special event. Now they managed to avoid that, and thank goodness they did, but there were times where I worried they might not have.
All in all, it was a great experience and the ending really did a good job of making you feel good; like I was a kid again. I couldn't help but smile. It was a massive relief seeing this thing with my little sister in the theater. We had a good time. I hope you all manage to squeeze enjoyment from this as well.