I’m no stranger to Bikini Backside. I’ll not have a pineapple residence there, however I do know the residents and native spots. Although after my unlucky current go to, for “The SpongeBob Film: Sponge on the Run,” I’m packing up my swim trunks and heading elsewhere.
In “Sponge on the Run,” directed by Tim Hill, our favourite undersea fry prepare dinner should journey along with his finest buddy, Patrick, to rescue SpongeBob’s pet snail, Gary, who has been snail-napped by King Poseidon. They’re headed to the Misplaced Metropolis of Atlantic Metropolis, a “scary, vice-ridden cesspool of ethical depravity” (sorry, Jersey, you didn’t hear it from me).
“Sponge on the Run” desires to be intelligent in nodding towards style conventions: Patrick suggests they’re on a buddy journey whereas SpongeBob thinks he’s on a singular hero’s journey. It’s each — and each executed poorly. With the web’s boyfriend, Keanu Reeves, utilizing his superstar clout to no avail as SpongeBob and Patrick’s non secular information, the duo move by way of a Western saloon-style underworld inhabited by cowboy-pirate-zombies dancing to Snoop Dogg. If that final sentence confounded you, let me simply say that’s solely one of many inane and illogical narrative turns on this stubbornly unfunny movie. However that Snoop track? A jam. With Weezer covers and a reggaeton-style remix of the present’s theme, the film at the least is aware of the best way to drop a beat.
The remainder is studded with references to the primary (and vastly superior) SpongeBob movie, from 2004, and chokes up its third act with an infinite, overly sentimental lovefest. All this rendered in C.G.I. animation so nauseatingly garish and synthetic it’s like inserting LED lights immediately into your eyeballs. “Sponge on the Run” might take us again below the ocean, however this sponge is all dried up.
The SpongeBob Film: Sponge on the Run
Rated PG. Operating time: 1 hour 31 minutes. In theaters and on Paramount+. Please seek the advice of the rules outlined by the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention earlier than watching films inside theaters.