By Erin Keating
The newest SpongeBob movie started in Bikini Bottom and ended on dry land with superheroes, Antonio Banderas, and a live-action time-traveling dolphin named Bubbles. Although the movie is a great break from the romantic movies released around Valentine’s Day, it’s not the place to go if you were hoping to find some nostalgia.
This SpongeBob is all new – especially the final part of the movie that takes place out of the water where SpongeBob and his friends are now able to breath with the help of the magical dolphin, Bubbles.
The SpongeBob story line is a wild roller coaster that does its best to bring new material to the sixteen-year-old plot. The movie does a good job of mixing it up—I mean, the characters get out of water, how much different could that get from the show?—but the audience needs to prepare themselves for the crazy ride they are about to embark on. So much happens in this movie that by the end you have a sense of whiplash from being thrown around, and wonder how you got to the end anyway.
Among some of these plot twists are that SpongeBob and Plankton are on the same side for once, a magical book controls the fate of Bikini Bottom, a new live-action pirate named Burger Beard appears, dolphins control time and space and prevent planets from crashing into each other, and obviously that the group finally goes on land. Out of water, the Bikini Bottom crew is CGI characters – which is incredibly disorienting after seeing them in 2D animation throughout our childhoods. Not to mention that Sandy Cheeks is an incredibly lifelike squirrel when she doesn’t need to wear her underwater gear.
Despite its cluttered plot, Sponge out of Water has the same silly feel as the original show with its one-liners, self-aware jokes, and sheer nonsensical humor. While it doesn’t compare to The SpongeBob Squarepants Movie from our childhood, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge out of Water makes some very interesting choices, making SpongeBob and his friends feel new to the next generation of avid SpongeBob fans.