- Narratively very well paced overall with many fun over-the-top ridiculous ideas
- Good mix of kid-friendly slapstick and subtle jokes for adults
- Doesn't necessarily require too much prior knowledge about the series to be enjoyed
- Nice homages to the TV series and other pop culture references
- Makes good use of every single main character of the show
- Quite slow and uncreative first act
- False marketing: the movie is actually 80% cartoon and only 20% computer animated (only in the last act of the movie)
- That one reference to "Stephen King's The Shining".
Whether Sponge Out of Water is a better SpongeBob movie than the original from 2004 probably remains a question of taste, but there's no denying that Sponge Out of Water features an impressive amount of variety in terms of jokes and genres that makes it a very fun, well paced and colorful experience.
While it surely won't convert non-believers to SpongeBob fans and is mostly targeted towards younger audiences, Sponge Out of Water nevertheless doesn't really require detailed knowledge about the show's lore to be enjoyed. With that said, after the movie's rather uninspired slow start, the mix of slapstick, kid-friendly gags and more subtle adult jokes appear more constantly and alternate in a very satisfying rythm. It's completed with a very exciting and well choreographed climax. Although the false marketing of promoting the movie as if it was completely computer animated, even though most of it is the usual drawn cartoon, is a fairly cheap move.
Sponge Out of Water is not an innovative masterpiece in storytelling and more or less works in rather predictable fashion for primarily young audiences, yet with such a good mix of different over-the-top humor and several genres it blends together, it does a pretty good job of never being boring and keeping its dynamic.
Final Verdict: 6 out of 10