SpongeBob fans will love the trippy nature of their favorite underwater talking friends. The show's wild and unpredictable storylines and goofball antics are charming -- if difficult for those who aren't fans to understand or appreciate. The movie, like the show, is a frenzied and "out there" ... in other words, totally what you'd expect from the movie version of the show, except that the "out of water" experiences in the third act aren't nearly as lovable as the underwater scenes. Although the addition of Banderas as the movie's main antagonist is entertaining, it's the back-and-forth between SpongeBob and his archnemesis, Plankton, that's the best part of the story -- not the sight gag of the gang acquiring superpowers and heading to the beach.
Kids (and adults) eager to see their favorite supporting characters like Larry the Lobster, Pearl, Mrs. Puff, and even Gary should know that they're relegated to a brief cameo -- or, in the case of Larry, completely absent. This won't go over well with some fans, but the movie does have plenty of the evilly delicious Plankton, Karen (his hilarious "computer wife"), and the main Krusty Krab crew (plus Patrick, of course). Parents will get a particular kick out of the fact that Bikini Bottom civilization devolves into a post-apocalyptic state after the the Krabby Patty recipe is stolen and the fact that SpongeBob is nearly sacrificed to "the sandwich gods." And, naturally, there's the singing and silliness that makes SpongeBob F.U.N. Just don't expect the movie to supplant your favorite episodes of the series.