Due to having a 7-year-old, “Spongebob Squarepants” is played in my house quite often.
So going to see “Spongebob: Sponge Out of Water,” Spongebob’s second big screen release was decided as soon as my son saw its poster for the first time.
Most of the time I enjoy watching the Spongbob TV show with him and really enjoyed the first Spongebob movie, but this second outing tried my patience a bit.
As crazy as the concept of a sponge who lives in a pineapple under the sea is, “Sponge Out of Water” adds even more zaniness to the mix, and that’s going to make watching this movie excruciating for some adults.
Sure, there are still times where every member of the family will laugh, but the cleverness of the TV series is mostly absent here.
Sadly, where the movie fails is in its last 30 minutes or so when the Bikini Bottom crew actually makes it “out of water,” which from the trailers is the most hyped part of the film.
Up to that point, the movie plays in the standard 2D animation that fans of the show are accustomed to, but it also feels a little bloated and needlessly extended as the plot takes some unnecessary twists and turns in the interest of extending the story past the show’s standard 15-minute format.
The story centers around Spongebob and his friends’ pursuit of finding the stolen Krabby Patty formula to save the town of Bikini Bottom after it falls into chaos after losing its supply of the coveted hamburgers.
“Spongebob: Sponge Out of Water” isn’t a terrible experience for parents, but it’s going to be less enjoyable than watching a release from Pixar or Dreamworks.
Children will love the zaniness, though, and that’s probably for the best, considering that they are the targeted demographic.
In terms of quality, this second Spongebob movie is no where near as good as the 1999 film outing.
“Spongebob: Sponge Out of Water” is currently playing at the Branson Meadows Cinema.
It is rated PG for mild action and rude humor and showing at times of 3:15, 7:15 and 9:15 p.m. in 2D and at 1:15 and 5:15 p.m. in 3D.