Movie Review: ‘El Camino’ Is a Nice Complement to Breaking Bad

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Netflix just dropped El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie. Rumored since 2013, fans of the popular AMC show get to see Aaron Paul back in action as Jesse Pinkman. While the film brought people back who had obsessed over the Breaking Bad series, did it live up to the mythos?

We have found that character study movies are quite popular – just look at how well the Joker is doing. I would argue and say that El Camino is less of a “Breaking Bad” movie and more of a character study into Jesse Pinkman. The purpose of El Camino was to show what happened to Jesse following the events of the end of Breaking Bad. And let me tell you, I feel bad for Jesse.

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Of course, El Camino exists within the Breaking Bad world and we see many familiar faces pop up. I’ll leave it up to you, since I don’t want to give up too many spoilers; but, it was nice seeing one or two people in particular. Then again, we know what happened to Jesse, so can we even be too excited about this cameo? Yes, we still can.

Paul did a phenomenal job in this role. To see what Jesse had to endure during his time with Jesse Plemons’ Todd Alquist. This is not the animated, “yea, bitch” Jesse that you are used to. Jesse is beaten down and trying desperately to survive. There are several moments that I felt on edge and waited for Jesse to either sink or swim. Incredibly impressed with Paul’s acting, I watched as the movie moved through several different time periods – all focused, of course; around Jesse.

I have to take a moment to honor the scenes between Jesse and Robert Forster’s Ed Galbraith, as Forster passed away the day El Camino hit Netflix. The scenes were intense and we wondered what the outcome would be from these interactions.

Overall, El Camino was a nice complement to the Breaking Bad franchise and for anyone missing the series, it was nice to see Jesse once again.