Sponge has previously been a by-word for feeding off other people and giving very little back but not for much longer because there is a sponge out there turning the tables on this perception. He is leading sponge-kind from these sorts of prejudices much like if Dr Martin Luther King had been a sponge, I’m of-course talking about the sponge royalty that is Spongebob Squarepants. In this new adventure he soaks up an extra dimension and goes all 3D on us, not only that but he leaves his watery pineapple home behind to mingle among land dwellers. So, for what reason would he leave the relative safety of Bikini Bottom and risk becoming a cleaning implement for a janitor that might happen upon him? That’s right, it’s Bikini Bottom’s equivalent to nicotine, the Krabby Patty.
This time the threat has come from one of those pesky land-lubbers and so to save the Krabby Patty recipe they have brave a habitat that would cause a lesser sponge to shrivel. Being familiar with the work of Mr Bob before I was keen to see how his second run at the big screen would pan out given the success of his first attempt. For me he has improved on what was an already a high standard of “children’s” entertainment, the jokes were as funny as ever and it was good to see that they didn’t succumb to the temptation of trying too hard. I watched the film with a friend of mine at one of the local screenings, just two mid-twenties guys watching an animated sponge do his thing in a theatre full of children, nothing odd there. What I did note was the constant different tones of laughter throughout the entirety of the film, children’s laughter followed by deeper grown-up chuckles and that is why Spongebob has become the phenomenon that it is. At points in the movie you would be left thinking “do they know what they just said there?” after a veiled innuendo that would have the adults in the audience giggling with the kids laughing too because Patrick was just being a silly billy.
One criticism I do have and it’s a small one, is that it felt big like a super episode of Spongebob but as a movie I wasn’t fully convinced. What led me to my doubt was the way the film was put together, it felt like a series of episodes all edited together as opposed to a stand alone film. Some parts of the film were without a doubt movie class with certain scenes in the film looking like a spongified Avengers sequel, these were the scenes that the 3D really came into it’s own. Although it’s called Out of Water they don’t actually spend very long out of the water and that wouldn’t be a problem but the scenes when they’re on dry land are the most 3D friendly scenes in the film. These are a few measly criticisms on what is a fun and exceptionally enjoyable film no matter what age you are.
With the joy that this little fella has brought people it would be ridiculous for us to use sponge as a derogatory term for low-lives and cretins, I for one will be using it as a term for the individual who makes me as happy as a clam sponge in the future.
The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water is in cinemas on 27 March 2015