The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run (2020) Review

When the entire world is going to shit, sometimes you just need some completely absurd comedy and a weird cameo from Keanu Reeves.

Certificate: PG

Director: Tim Hill

Screenwriter: Tim Hill

Starring: Tim Hill, Clancy Brown, Bill Fagerbakke

Genre: Animation, Adventure

Runtime: 91 Minutes

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Reviewed by: Pearl

After another of Planktons Schemes results in SpongeBob’s beloved pet snail Gary being snail napped, SpongeBob and Gary set out on a quest to The Lost City if Atlantic City to rescue him.  On the way they meet a wise Sage who will guide them on their quest.  Meanwhile back in Bikini Bottom Plankton finally gets his hands on the Krabby Patty secret formula  but finds success isn’t as sweet as he thought, and SpongeBob’s friends head out to help him in his mission when he and Patrick get captured.

Having the kind of humour that can appeal to both children and adults alike, there has always been something so lovable and appealing about this zany, wacky cartoon series following the adventures of the little yellow sponge under the sea.  Saying that though, I really didn’t have any intention of making a trip to the cinema to see this film, but times change and it is amazing what you will watch when most of your options are taken away from you.  And every now and then, you end up liking something that you would never have seen otherwise.  Enter ‘The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run’.

The same wacky humour, the same bright colourful world, a great, if a little generic quest plotline, and a really important message about friendship, there really was a whole lot to love about SpongeBob, and I say that as someone who was never a really huge fan of cartoon.  There are some great, musical numbers throughout to keep things interesting if a little odd.  And a weird cameo from the one and only Keanu Reeves which is going to be a bonus for any film. 

There is a weird zombie sub plot that happens about halfway through which feels like they were just trying to add something to fill the runtime because they couldn’t make the actual plot as long as they needed to.  It’s entertaining enough, and serves as the way to introduce Keanu Reeves’ character, but it has absolutely no baring on the actual plot at all.  What it does have though is a great musical number starring another fantastic cameo in the form of Snoop Dog

If you enjoy the cartoons, and the previous SpongeBob movies, then you will more than likely enjoy this too, it is basically more of the same.  Kids will love it and adults will suffer through it because that’s what we do. 

‘The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run’ is streaming on Netflix now!

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