In the idyllic undersea town of Bikini Bottom, SpongeBob and the gang are up to the same tricks they’ve been doing for… wow, it’s really been on for nine seasons now? Sorry, as I was saying: everyone’s up to their old tricks, which means of course that Plankton is trying to steal the Krabby Patty Secret Formula. During his latest attempt, the Formula mysteriously vanishes from his and SpongeBob’s hands. Deprived of its favorite burger, Bikini Bottom’s social order completely collapses and its people degenerate to barbarians (Welcome to the Apocalypse: I hope you like leather). It’s up to SpongeBob and Plankton, sworn arch-enemies, to work together to find the Secret Formula and save Bikini Bottom.
What many people will say about this movie is that it’s completely unfocused and has no idea what it’s doing. And those people will be right; this movie is completely bonkers and has no idea what it’s doing at least most of the time. And because it throws everything it can think of at you, some of the jokes just don’t stick; in particular I remember a song sung by SpongeBob and Plankton about Teamwork. It’s reminiscent of the infamous F.U.N. song, but it feels really awkward and just falls flat. Still, it’s also amazing how much of its indiscriminate humor actually hits the mark and ends up being genuinely funny, even if it’s only from sheer surprise.
I really enjoy random, wacky comedy, and this movie fits the bill. In fact, it’s so irregular that I was completely unable to predict anything about it and was constantly surprised by where the film went. It got to the point where it felt almost Monty Python-esque with its eclectic mixture of highly juvenile comedy, highly surreal comedy, the occasional really dark joke, and standard SpongeBob shenanigans. It appealed to my sense of nutty, zany comedy, and for that I have to give this movie props. It’s one of the weirdest movies I’ve seen in a long while, and I must say I thoroughly (and surprisingly) enjoyed it.