El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie

Aaron Paul returns as Jesse Pinkman in El Camino

By: Mike Garvey

Fans waited six years for the Netflix original, El Camino to be released. The movie serves as a fan service as they get to see some familiar faces, epic drama and gorgeous views once again. The movie will feel familiar to all fans that have seen the Breaking Bad series.

AMC’s Breaking Bad, created by Vince Gilligan, is one of the best written, filmed and accomplished TV series to ever air on television. The series received 58 Emmy Awards nominations and won 16 of them.

Breaking Bad showed the transformation of Walter White (Bryan Cranston) from a high school science teacher with cancer to Heisenberg, a notorious drug kingpin. Cranston received the Outstanding Lead Actor in Drama Series statuette four times. 

Aaron Paul played Jesse Pinkman, a crystal meth cook, dealer and partner to Heisenberg.  Paul won Outstanding Supporting Actor three times.

Breaking Bad was a show based around difficult situations. The meth cooking partners Walt and Jesse always found themselves in an inescapable trap. More than likely, Walt would find a way to get them out of harm’s way.

El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie is a film that takes place right after the climactic events that ended Breaking Bad. Jesse Pinkman finds himself yet again against all odds and facing the consequences for his actions, but this time he has no Heisenberg to save him. He needs to get out of Albuquerque without the cops finding him first.

Jesse always made mistakes and relied on Walt or Saul to bail him out. Throughout the TV series he was the sidekick, the comic relief and manipulated by Heisenberg. In El Camino, it is an exciting twist to see Jesse as the hero, controlling his own destiny.

Jesse is constantly haunted while reflecting on his past two years being held in captivity. He was being held hostage to cook meth for a dangerous gang. Memories of his time being tortured by them are intercut with scenes set in the present. They provide context and meaning for some of Jesse’s actions in the movie.

In Breaking Bad, Vince Gilligan keeps a steady, detailed-oriented pace in terms of plot advancement and character development. El Camino has the same tone with a western type of feel to it, complimented by the classic time elapsed landscape shots of the New Mexico desert.

El Camino does not compare to the greatness of Breaking Bad. Even the most die-hard Breaking Bad fans will advise to not expect it to compare. However, its sole purpose is to let the fans relive the Breaking Bad experience and say goodbye to one of TV’s greatest characters of all time.

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