‘The Spongebob’ movie falls short of expectations

Sarah Beck, ‘Doah Staff Writer
March 4, 2015

Most young adults who were “SpongeBob SquarePants” fans know about the memorable “the SpongeBob SquarePants Movie” that was made in 2004. Fast forward 11 years later and Hollywood has made another SpongeBob movie, titled “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water.” Many fans asked the question, “Would this movie be as great as the first?”

Now of course, I was hoping that the film would be entertaining to those die-hard SpongeBob fans out there. There were several moments where it thrived with humor, but for the most part, it stuck to the “new-SpongeBob- qualities” that every young adult complains about. The animation changed to what it looks like in the current TV show and then there were aspects of the talented writing that the show once had.

The ending of the movie was probably the most outrageous and disappointing part of the piece overall. It had a good ending point, and there shouldn’t have been anything after it. Plankton realizes that he is wrong for deciding to turn his back on everything just to get the secret Krabby Patty formula for himself. It would have been a good stopping point when they go back under-water and they have “the-day-is-saved” type of moment. But it didn’t stop there; they of course had to add to it. After this whole sequence, there was a “trippy” type of feeling to this ending with the singing of The SpongeBob SquarePants theme song. The pirate singing the tune with a couple of seagulls surrounding him and all looks well. Then suddenly, this talking dolphin from the sky starts interrupting with a rap battle with one of the seagulls and starts flying in the sky and then immediately goes to space and calls himself a time-traveler. The rap battle is all about why the dolphin doesn’t like the theme song.  He ends up losing the battle to the seagull he’s duking it out with and then pouts in his spaceship.  It was extremely confusing to the story line. And after the rap battle, it goes back to the well-known pirate singing the theme song. I can not begin to fathom how mind-boggling that rap battle was. The ending had no relevance to the story.

With other moments in the film, I did appreciate the writing for the most part. I do not enjoy the newer SpongeBob episodes and wish that the writing could be as clever as it was back in 2004. But with new animators, writers and actors, it is hard to produce the brilliance that the show once had. Unfortunately, there will come a time where SpongeBob becomes a thing of the past and will end for good. If you are an epic SpongeBob fan, then this movie might not be tasteful for you.

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