Review: SpongeBob SquarePants: Sponge Out Of Water
James Gilmore reviews the biggest kids film of the year
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SpongeBob SquarePants has been a stable for kids TV ever since it’s birth on Nickelodeon in 1999. One of the longest running kids TV series in history, there are very few people who do not recognise SpongeBob’s high pitched, excitable laugh from a mile away. We’ve endured it on TV for years, we’ve endured it in cinemas in 2004… and now he’s back on the big screen.
SpongeBob SquarePants: Sponge Out Of Water tells the story of SpongeBob, Patrick, Mr Krabs, Sandy and the rest of the Bikini Bottom crew as they need to go behind the sea in order to rescue their sacred Krabby Patty recipe from Captain BurgerBeard (voiced by Antonio Banderas).
Whilst the characters remain faithful to the original animations under the sea, once they reach land they turn into superheroes ready to save the day. Their new, super outfits look fitting and are designed perfectly to ensure that the characters are still recognisable, although enhanced. Also, there superpowers are humorously exact to what you’d expect.
The team have definitely pushed the boundaries to create a fun, energetic kids film that will suit both adults and children alike – there’s even appeal for teens to go with some characters voiced by YouTube sensations Joe Sugg and Caspar Lee. But, there is one issue with the film that makes it a bit dry for viewing.
For a 92 minute long film, director Paul Tibbitt and Mike Mitchell leave it very late for the main plot points to come in place. When the film is titled ‘Sponge Out Of Water’, it surprised me that it’s not till very near the end of the film that the sponge does come out of the water. There are several points in the film where I felt ready to leave the cinema. It really does just feel like a stretched out TV episode at times.
However, overall, the film is enjoyable and, at times, nostalgic. Okay, the songs aren’t as good as the earlier SpongeBob songs and THAT laugh can get very annoying if you’re not 8 years old, but that’s territory you walk into as soon as you buy tickets to see a film whereby a yellow sponge is the main character.
For an afternoon of fun, whereby you’re sure to leave the cinema laughing (one way or another), check out SpongeBob SquarePants: Sponge Out Of Water in all good cinemas now.