By Alana Roche’ |Staff Writer|
It appeared to be enough, because the movie grossed $55.4 Million during it’s opening weekend.
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water premiered on Friday, February 6th and rose quickly to the #1 box office movie in America.
Before watching this movie, I looked up the movie reviews. As seen on rottentomatoes.com, 75% of the critics liked it while 63% of the audience also enjoyed it. Seeing those reviews were discouraging, so I looked at Fandango.com and saw it was given 4.5 stars from fan ratings.
I decided to take my two younger sisters, 18 and 8, to watch the movie at our local theater for the 5:00 p.m. showing. I was surprised to see that, although most of the audience were kids with their parents, there were also a lot of teenagers and young adults in the audience watching the movie.
The movie follows the adventures of SpongeBob and his friends. Specifically, it follows SpongeBob and Plankton’s journey after they build a time machine to try and save Bikini Bottom. For anyone who watched SpongeBob Squarepants growing up, you will be surprised by Plankton’s actions.
As a kid, I grew up watching SpongeBob so I did have invested interest in this movie.
I believe that after watching this movie, you get exactly what you think you will get out of it. There are some funny parts in the movie, but I would not pay to watch; I think it’s a great movie for a college student to reminisce, as we grew up watching SpongeBob.
Since the movie is called “Sponge out of Water,” I expected most of the movie to be about the main characters outside of the water.
To my surprise, the characters were only out of the water for about 15-20 minutes out of the 1 hour and 32 minutes.
There were specific parts where I found the animation to be distracting, taking away from the rest of the film.
Previews and posters gave the impression that SpongeBob was “leaving his world behind,” giving the impression that the movie was going to be an end for SpongeBob.
I think the story behind it was a combination of episodes that have already been aired; it didn’t have anything new or different than what I’ve seen before watching SpongeBob.
My 18 year old sister and I both agreed that the movie was alright, but that it was definitely not worth going to see it at the theater. My 8 year old sister Alexandra, disagreed saying it “was the best movie ever” and loved it, even though she says that about almost every movie she likes.
I did notice that the other kids in the theater really seemed to enjoy it and started clapping at the end of the movie.
I would recommend this film to a younger audience, not to college students. I give this movie a C+ grade.
Overall, I would recommend this movie to be rented on Redbox and enjoyed with a younger generation.