Saturday, May 16, 2015

'The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of the Water' is a Madhouse of Fun

SpongeBob Squarepants has established itself as one of the funniest and most enjoyable cartoon properties ever.  It’s not as brilliant as The Simpsons or Looney Tunes, but if you get over the inherent annoyingness of the characters and the tone, you will realize that SpongeBob Squarepants is comedy gold – effectively using both absurdity and cleverness to be consistently hilarious.

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of the Water is exactly the quirky, fun madhouse one would expect from a SpongeBob movie.  Its oddball plot centers on the disappearance of the secret recipe for the famous and beloved Krabby Patty; without it, SpongeBob is unable to make more of it.  When the residents of Bikini Bottom learned that there won’t be any more Krabby Patties, the town radically descended into Mad Max-level of post-apocalyptic anarchy.  As to be expected, it is up to SpongeBob and his friends to retrieve the missing secret recipe to return Bikini Bottom to its status quo.  Consequently, the search would even lead the gang to go to the surface.

There was actually nothing remarkable with its narrative; nevertheless, the gags, puns, and random silliness in the story’s flow fantastically worked.  I also liked the 3D transformation of the characters when they had to interact with the live-action surface world.  And Antonio Banderas hamming it up as Burger-Beard the Pirate resulted to an overall entertaining performance.

I understand that the eccentricity of SpongeBob is not for everyone.  But for those who learned to love the cartoon as it is, this movie is a slam dunk.

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