Fugitive Jesse Pinkman attempts to outrun his past. Written and directed by “Breaking Bad” creator Vince Gilligan, starring Aaron Paul.
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When I first subscribed to Netflix I binge watched Orange is the New Black and then binged on Breaking Bad – watching it in it’s entirety in only a few days. When I heard that Netflix were making a film that would follow what happened to Jesse I was very excited, but also cautious that if it wasn’t brilliantly executed then it could ruin the whole show.
The film is set immediately after the events of Breaking Band’s finale, showcasing Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) in his car, driving away. It brings back the familiar faces of characters like Mike, Badger, Skinny Pete, and Todd, and is filled with flashbacks and Jesse’s memories of the Neo Nazis he was forced to work for, even showcasing his good/peaceful side that shows he doesn’t want violence to be his first option, yet, he needs it to be one after everything he has been through.
El Camino was filmed a whole six years after Breaking Bad ended, and Jesse Plemons who plays Todd Alquist, has not aged well at all. It took me a while to recognise him, and the flashbacks to the original series can be slightly off putting because of how much he has changed. Most of the other actors have aged really well, which made for seamless transitions between then and now.
El Camino didn’t disappoint me at all, it gave Jessie’s story the ending it deserved, and stayed true to itself whilst using more up to date cinematography. I will however point out that I don’t think it would work as a standalone film, so if you’ve not watched Breaking Bad it is probably worth your while watching that first.
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