SpongeBob Squarepants is potentially one of the weirdest animated TV shows of all time and because of the weirdness of the show and the bizarre characters, this is exactly what makes people fall in love with the show. Apparently still running strong after its pilot episode back in 1999, SpongeBob returns to the big screen again since his first movie back in 2004; with its viewing figures remaining consistent throughout its entire run so far, the love for SpongeBob is paramount and it proves that it still has the magic by delivering a funny but bonkers animated film. Before even hitting the UK market, which its set to do this upcoming weekend with previews before the Easter holidays, ‘Sponge out of Water’ has already passed the first films worldwide box-office gross and has landed a higher percentage on Rotten Tomatoes than its first film.
The story opens up with Burger-Beard the Pirate who is played by Antonio Banderas…yes, you heard read correctly, Antonio Banderas plays a Burger-bearded pirate…anyway, Burger-Beard the Pirate discovers a magical book that tells the tale of a SpongeBob Squarepants who works at the Krusty Crab who makes Krabbie Patties, when one day a rival to the business called Plankton attempts to steal the secret formula to the Krabby Patties. SpongeBob tries to stop Plankton but then the secret recipe disappears. Mr.Krabs, the owner of Krabby Patties blames SpongeBob and Plankton for the disappearance of the formula and runs them out of town. Bikini Bottom is then left in an apocalyptic state because of the lack of Krabby Patties, so SpongeBob sets a mission to find the secret recipe.
Obviously, if you are not a fan of SpongeBob, you will absolutely detest this film, but growing up with the TV show and my love for the slapstick and toilet humour of the show, it was a delight to see all the characters back on screen, even if they are as predictable as ever. Colourful and energetic, the film never drops a beat and keeps up the tempo throughout its short running time of 92 minutes which will most importantly keep the children in their seats. The film is a fresh dose of nautical fun that all the fans love from the show and will enjoy the burst of positivity from the SpongeBob movie. If it isn’t SpongeBob’s annoying laugh that gets you through, its Patrick stupidity that’s cracks you up throughout the whole film; but following the trend of absolute randomness of the show, we ae treated to some bizarre moments including a talking dolphin which was out of this world weird, but extremely funny and watching Plankton and SpongeBob time travel which looks like the moment when a druggie is tripping on LSD.
Ultimately, there isn’t anything bad I can actually say about this film. As I stated above near the start of the review, this film is only for fans of the TV show and children alike, you will not enjoy this if you do not like the show, so please don’t attempt to watch it! Already feeling like my guilty pleasure of 2015, ‘The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water’ gets 4 out of 5 stars!