The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water sounded like another great SpongeBob movie concept by Nickelodeon Movies, and yet we cannot help but feel it has entirely failed in that aspect. Despite being a kids movie, Sponge Out of Water abandons a lot of the cultural lore of Spongebob in his ability to go out of water, and even makes children ask: how can he (Spongebob) go out of the water?!
In terms of the storyline, the Krabby Patty formula is stolen in a bid by Plankton, or at least that is what the Bikini Bottomites think. Rather the real formula is stolen by a pirate above water who just happens to know that the Spongebob community exists (oddly enough). As if this was not bad enough, he steals the formula from the ocean and begins to sell it above water. Plankton and Spongebob (having been accused of working together to steal it) team up to get the real Krabby patty formula in a time-traveling mess. Somehow they build a time machine, they manage to go back to the day it is stolen, and eventually transform themselves magically into superheroes with the uncanny ability to breathe air.
Despite the beautiful visuals of The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, everything has been sacrificed to the confusion of even the intended audience: children. Out of the 3 screenings we begrudgingly went to – not many kids were seen laughing or enjoying the movie. It even went as far as some kids yelling out “this makes no sense.”
If you want to see a good movie with your kids – we recommend Paddington over this mess.