This review is spoiler-free.
I will always keep Breaking Bad on a pedestal. My original Netflix binge, I was gripped from start to finish. It’s also one of the only series that has had an ending which thoroughly satisfied its viewers.
El Camino was a great opportunity to see what happened next for Jesse Pinkman and therefore rounds off the whole story nicely. It actually picks up right where we left off. Aaron Paul is still as compelling as before. In a two hour movie which basically revolves solely around him, he manages to hold your attention and keep you interested the whole time. Jesse is a great character. He’s flawed and he makes terrible choices but you always found yourself willing him to be successful.
I thought the way the movie flipped between present day and flashbacks worked really well. Mostly because it showed two extremes of Jesse’s character. Flashbacks showed him being given day release with Todd (Jesse Plemons) during his time kept in a cage. This story was quite haunting and really showed Todd off to be the douchbag he was, reaffirming his deserving demise. Present-day shows Jesse’s escape and reaching out for help from Badger (Matt Jones) and Skinny Pete (Charles Baker). They throw him a lifeline and from that point, Jess begins to rebuild himself. As you’d expect, at first he’s broken but from scene to scene he claims more and more of himself back which leads to a really fulfilling ending for him.
The movie was classic Breaking Bad. The plot takes its time and there’s plenty of dark humour. While people might be justified in feeling that we didn’t need this, it was a welcome gift to fans of the series. There is probably no point in watching this if you haven’t seen the show. I think it would be meaningless and lose all of its appeals if you’re not already invested in Jesse.
The scene which brought Bryan Cranston back as Walter White was quite special. It reminded us of the glory days of his relationship with Jesse when they were at the start of their journey. Walter saw potential in Jesse and would try to steer him on a path leading him to a better life. This was great fan service and even though the movie would have been just as enjoyable without it, it added a huge amount of nostalgia.
Overall, El Camino was a nice trip down memory lane for fans of Breaking Bad who were left hoping that Jesse was doing ok. He is and we can all find comfort in that.
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