I am a massive Breaking Bad fan! I would easily rank Breaking Bad in my top 10 TV shows of all time. I hold it in such high regard that I was actually a little nervous when I heard that El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie was going to be a thing! I mean it was awesome that the creator Vince Gilligan was the writer and director, but I still had my doubts this was necessary.
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The Movie Review
Well, more fool me for doubting the man that created Breaking Bad in the first place as it serves as a fantastic way to bring the saga of Jesse Pinkman to a close. I have found that many big shows struggle with bringing things to a close and the ending of Breaking Bad I felt was very well done. However, this really does wrap the story up with a nice bow.
Not only was the creator back in the main seat for this. They managed to get a great deal of the cast back, Aaron Paul, Jesse Plemons, Charles Baker, Matt Jones, Robert Forster, Johnathan Banks, Krysten Ritter, and even a cameo from Bryan Cranston! I always thought that Aaron Paul did a great job as Jesse, but he brings it to a whole other level here.
One of the best parts of the movie is the whole relationship between Jesse and Todd which is shown via these flashback sequences. This part of the movie with Jesse and Todd is fantastic, Jesse Plemons as Todd is just such a weird and interesting character in this movie and he is actually one of my favorite parts.
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie is a movie that kind of sounds depressing in many ways. Jesse has well and truly been through hell and this movie does an amazing job of showcasing that. The stakes for Jesse feel incredibly high and you never know for sure if he is going to make it out of this movie alive, it is done very, very well.
I like how the movie moves at such a brisk pace. When I watched Breaking Bad, I would always want to watch just one more episode to see what was going to happen next. I know it is weird to say this, but the movie had that same kind of effect. I was glued to the screen not wanting to miss a single second of it.
Pretty much everyone who has watched Breaking Bad will tell you how great it is! The same kind of praise that the show gets is warranted for El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie as well. There are not many TV shows that have made the jump to the big screen (well Netflix in this case) as well as what was done here.
While I thought that the series finale of Breaking Bad was great and I was happy leaving things there. I am so glad that they decided to make this movie as it really is a wonderful close for Jesse. I hand on heart cannot think of anything better than they could have done than what they did here. The whole Breaking Bad saga including the series, this movie, and Better Call Saul are on Netflix so go and watch them all!