BY KYLE NOGUERA
When the Spongebob Squarepants movie came out in 2004, a sound was emitted through the catacombs of the universe. It was the sound of thousand upon thousands upon THOUSANDS of kids screaming their heads off in joy at the idea of Spongebob getting its own movie. Massively successful, it grossed over $140 million on a $30 million dollar budget,and garnered generally positive reviews online. It became an example of a t.v. show that successfully adapted to a movie. It was entertaining. It was hilarious. And then, in February of 2015, a sequel was released, titled The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water.
The basic premise of the movie is as follows: The movie starts with Antonio Banderas (aka BurgerBeard) finding a magical book on an island, allowing anyone who writes in the book to have what they wrote inside it come true. Meanwhile, SpongeBob and Mr. Krabs are fighting off Plankton, who is once again trying to steal the Secret Formula. Burger Beard writes in the book, saying he wants the Krabby Patty Secret Formula for himself. It disappears, and Plankton and SpongeBob are blamed for its disappearance. It’s up to Spongebob and Plankton, and unlikely duo, to bring order to a chaos filled Bikini Bottom, find the formula, and bring it back. I won’t give away anything else for anybody who really wants to see it, but I will say, time travel is involved.
Now, let’s get one thing clear right off bat: I do not think the movie is bad. The movie is peppered with lots of genuinely funny parts and ideas, and the movie feels very relaxed and happy, which works for the target audience. However, and this is a big HOWEVER, the movie feels flawed. The new movie loses the charm that it had captured in it’s original movie. The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie did a fantastic job of keeping true to the show’s origins. It felt like someone was watching the show, but even better. That’s one of the common praise that the South Park: The Stick of Truth commonly gets; Namely, that the art style and humour match between the game and the show. But this becomes the big flaw with the new SpongeBob movie. Halfway through, SpongeBob and friends go up to the surface, where the animation stylings become completely different. Not only that, but the movie also ends in a cliche action movie sort of showdown between the opposing parties over the formula. The change in animation, combined with the formulaic action movie ending, makes the climax feel out of place. The movie throws you for the curve, but I don’t feel it was rewarding enough to out-weigh the costs. The ending feels predictable, and forced.
Final Thoughts: SpongeBob SquarePants: Sponge Out of Water gets a 6.5 out of 10 (whereas the very first movie gets a 8 out of 10). While the Sponge may have not hit all its marks, it was certainly not a wash out. It’s a fun, enjoyable movie, but hardcore fans may be slightly disappointed. Go in with a open mind and a good sense of humor.