THE SPONGEBOB MOVIE: SPONGE ON THE RUN (2020)
A wild Saturday night resulted in me renting a children’s movie that, for the most part, was exactly what you’d expect. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run doesn’t do anything particularly new (though flashbacks to Camp Coral smartly link to the new Paramount+ series), but fans of the property will love it.
Now in CGI, SpongeBob and Patrick set out on a journey to rescue his buddy Gary the snail from the throes of King Poseidon. While the usual jokes and hijinks are present throughout, one of the more redeeming qualities of the film is how it brings all of the well-known characters together (even Plankton) to save the day. One particularly hilarious montage has the two main characters in the film’s version of Atlantic City in an absolute craze, eating, gambling, and even showing Patrick making a pit stop in the bathroom (I laughed out loud). Then you have the cameos/guest stars in Keanu Reeves, Awkwafina, Snoop Dogg, Danny Trejo, and Tiffany Haddish, an obvious play towards the adults in the room and a quick paycheck for each of them. Reeves has more of a substantial role and is quite funny, but for the average kid, I don’t know how big that will play.
Fans of the characters and everything it has delivered over the years will be pleased with this latest outing, even as it pretty much plays it safe. And I, for one, need to stop watching children’s movies on weekends.
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge On The Run is available to stream on Paramount+.
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