El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie

I had a lot of reservations about seeing this film.  Many of the reviews said “if you liked Breaking Bad you will probably like this” – that made me really nervous.  I loved Breaking Bad and love the hell out of Better Call Saul but I want to see a good movie and not just a ghost of something that I loved.

Well, those reviews/warnings were pretty accurate.  The movie feels like Breaking Bad in terms of pacing and some of the secondary characters and that will be enough for most BB fans to watch it.  If you’re not a fan of BB then there is absolutely no reason to watch even a moment of this film.  I think the major problem is that it doesn’t have any conflict on its own merits.  Any of the drama that it has it owes to drama that already played out in BB.  I think this is the reason that it spends so much time in the past – it really doesn’t have anything new to say about the present.  We’re supposed to be invested just to see if Jessie can get away?  Really?  Jessie is an interesting character but there is a scene towards the end of the film that reminds us just why BB was so good.

At first the flashbacks were mildly interesting as I thought they were going somewhere with them.  After a while they really became pointless and ultimately served very little other than nostalgia.  It’s almost as if they made a Sopranos movie and showed Tony picking up his dry cleaning the morning he was killed.  Who cares?  This is where a movie like Rogue One really succeeded.  Rather than living off of the good will earned by the franchise it found a story that could be told and perfectly sprinkled in select characters from the franchise.

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Movie title: El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie

Movie description: In the wake of his dramatic escape from captivity, Jesse Pinkman must come to terms with his past in order to forge some kind of future.

Date published: 2019-10-26

Director(s): Vince Gilligan

Actor(s): Aaron Paul, Jesse Plemons, Charles Baker, Matt Jones, Scott MacArthur, Larry Hankin, Scott Shepherd, Tom Bower, Robert Forster, Jonathan Banks, Bryan Cranston, Krysten Ritter, Kevin Rankin, Tess Harper, Michael Bofshever, Marla Gibbs, Brendan Sexton III, Johnny Ortiz, Todd Terry, Julie Pearl, Gloria Sandoval, Carlos Sepulveda, Matthew Van Wettering, Chris Bylsma, David Mattey, Cody Renee Cameron

Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller

My Review

I had a lot of reservations about seeing this film.  Many of the reviews said “if you liked Breaking Bad you will probably like this” – that made me really nervous.  I loved Breaking Bad and love the hell out of Better Call Saul but I want to see a good movie and not just a ghost of something that I loved.

Well, those reviews/warnings were pretty accurate.  The movie feels like Breaking Bad in terms of pacing and some of the secondary characters and that will be enough for most BB fans to watch it.  If you’re not a fan of BB then there is absolutely no reason to watch even a moment of this film.  I think the major problem is that it doesn’t have any conflict on its own merits.  Any of the drama that it has it owes to drama that already played out in BB.  I think this is the reason that it spends so much time in the past – it really doesn’t have anything new to say about the present.  We’re supposed to be invested just to see if Jessie can get away?  Really?  Jessie is an interesting character but there is a scene towards the end of the film that reminds us just why BB was so good.

At first the flashbacks were mildly interesting as I thought they were going somewhere with them.  After a while they really became pointless and ultimately served very little other than nostalgia.  It’s almost as if they made a Sopranos movie and showed Tony picking up his dry cleaning the morning he was killed.  Who cares?  This is where a movie like Rogue One really succeeded.  Rather than living off of the good will earned by the franchise it found a story that could be told and perfectly sprinkled in select characters from the franchise.

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