Title: El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie
Genre: Action| Drama |
Runtime: 122 min
Director: Vince Gilligan
Starring: Aaron Paul, Jonathan Banks, Matt Jones
A SOLID EPILOGUE TO A HIGH-CLASS FRANCHISE
Not many TV-Series are capable to break the limits in terms of entertainment. Prior to Breaking Bad (2008-2013), the option of series was limited and not that nuanced. The first two seasons of this series wasn’t that revolutionary either. As the series progress, a larger fanbase was able to connect with these characters on a deeper level. The writing, directing, acting and editing combined where some classical music pieces and cinematography with a lot of POV – shots were established. After Breaking Bad, you got Better Call Saul (2015-), which also combined that charisma that the original narrative provided.
This follow-up movie, from the series, El Camino attracts with having the plot set in the same timeline as the series. It tries hard to do develop an original narrative that complements the series. It tries to expand and fill plot holes it left the audience hanging when the series finale arrived. It tells Jesse’s story by parallel telling it with flashbacks together with the older characters that lived during this time. Although, the remaining characters that are Skinny and Badger, as this is Pinkman’s closest friends.
As this movie tries very much to solidify the series as a background to these characters, it’s trapped in a loop of constant flashback – sometimes unnecessary flashback, to make the plot move forward. Therefore, this ain’t something revolutionary. Most of the clips in the trailer are just a distraction and cut-out for marketing-purpose. Jesse Pinkman’s story has been a rocky one and there are some plot points in the movie’s runtime that don’t get the explanation it deserves. It doesn’t deepen the character that we stuck fiver seasons with. No, it’s mostly an excuse to attract the ones who interest in this follow-up story. It doesn’t in general effect the story that Breaking Bad provided, no. It just mentions and name-drops some characters as it’ll only expand other storylines.
As it jumps through the different time periods, it’s hard to do recognize the acting – partly but Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman feels authentic just like when he was in the series. He gives a solid performance as the character, as there is not a b-story here to follow. He wasn’t the headline for the series and now it’s time to shine.
And as much I love the editing and the awesome cinematography that we’ve seen before, it’s the familiar style of filmmaking that makes this movie watchable combined with a good actor. Paul ain’t that great, he’s watchable and the direction helps him to make the story fulfilling and entertaining.
Overall, this is a decent addition to a functional franchise that applied a great deal of artistic tone at the same time with the violence and image-language. It gives an answer to a question we’ll have but was it necessary? No, I distract us from the mystery of the end of the series.