Movie Review: El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie

October 26th, 2019

Details from IMDB:

El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019)

TV-MA | | ActionDrama | 11 October 2019 (USA)
 
7.6/10
97,492
 
A sequel, of sorts, to Breaking Bad following Jesse Pinkman after the events captured in the finale of Breaking Bad. Jesse is now on the run, as a massive police manhunt for him is in operation.

Director:

 Vince Gilligan

Writers:

 Vince GilliganVince Gilligan (based on "Breaking Bad" by)

 

Initial Thoughts:

Breaking Bad is one of my all-time favorite shows, I dearly loved it when it was on and have missed it. The whole prank thing about how this movie wasn't happening was annoying but then I was relieved when it wasn't a prank, the movie was real! So, of course, I watched it on Netflix. I had to see what happened to Jessie and of course, any flashbacks with Walt would be a huge bonus.

Main Points:

Aaron Paul was good in the show and got better as it went on, I know he won awards for it but he still never had to carry it himself. So I was curious to see if he could do a whole movie, more or less by himself and it turns out he certainly can.

I won't spoil the plot here, I think Jessie gets a very appropriate ending and I am happy that this is really the end of Breaking Bad. People have criticized the movie saying very little happens, while it is slow I think people are quick to forget that episodes were slow. There was literally one whole episode about killing a fly and yes I still enjoyed it.

The movie does do a great job of tying up loose threads and there are some fun cameos. There is also an excellent action scene and even a few funny parts. It is also obvious that they had a large budget for this movie and there are some beautiful scenery shots and not just of New Mexico.

Final Thoughts:

While I don't think we need any more Breaking Bad I would certainly watch more Aaron Paul, he has become an excellent actor. He never seems more comfortable as Jessie as he does here and we really get to see how clever Jessie can be and what he's capable of doing. I enjoyed this movie though it did feel like a long BB episode at times. A solid 7.5 out of 10 from me. Any BB fan has to see it, I would add one of the serious flaws is that you HAVE to see Breaking Bad to understand this at all, anyone who didn't watch the show would be lost. So a good recommendation from me, please don't let kids watch this, ages 16+ for language and violence.