El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie ★★★½

Fans of the show who love the big exciting moments like the finales of seasons 4 and 5 are going to be disappointed that El Camino is a slow and relatively small scale production. The biggest action scene in the film is a contained Mexican standoff that lasts all of two minutes.

What makes this work is Aaron Paul’s terrific work as Jesse Pinkman. He truly elevated the material and makes for an extremely compelling protagonist. The directing and cinematography is great as expected from the creative mind of Vince Gilligan. And in the end you’ll feel satisfied as a fan of the show.

But if you’re not a fan of the show (for some strange reason) you’re not going to get a lot out of this. It’s essentially just an epilogue to the series with the same character arc for Jesse except a little more conclusive. This is fan service the movie, with lots of enjoyable but unnecessary flashbacks. I was definitely expecting more from Gilligan but this was still solid. Did this story have to be told? Absolutely not? Am I happy it was? Absolutely.

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