Saturday, October 19, 2019

El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie, 2019 - ★★★½

This movie didn't need to be made. We didn't need to see the follow-on moments as Jesse Pinkman fled from the authorities after Walter White died on the last episode of Breaking Bad (spoiler alert). Vince Gilligan didn't care if we wanted this film or not but now we have it. It's methodical and slow at times like an episode of Better Call Saul, but it's still a Gilligan film through and through and it's well worth watching. The scenes in the apartment where Jesse tries to find Todd's (Jesse Plemons) stowed money are gripping and classic Breaking Bad drama.

The constant guest appearances from memorable BB characters from Cranston's White to Krysten Ritter's Jane are fun to see but seem like forced call backs to the Breaking Bad series. Still, this movie is interesting and paced properly with a perfect platform to show off Aaron Paul's acting as Jesse. He runs the gamut of emotions in this performance through present day scenes and flashbacks. He really loves playing this character and you can tell he takes portraying Jesse on-screen very seriously.

I'll watch anything that Vince Gilligan does and hopefully he isn't done exploring this type of film experiment.

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