WARNING: This post contains spoilers.
Yeah, b*tch! El Camino! Many Breaking Bad fans (me among them) have been wondering what became of Jesse Pinkman since he escaped from capture in 2013. Many, MANY questions have been plaguing me since the demise of the show. Did Heisenberg actually die? What happened to Brock? Was Jesse laughing or crying in the car? What's he going to do now?
Picking up where it left off, we see Jesse escaping from the grim prison he was kept in as a meth-slave by Todd and his neo-Nazi uncle. After being liberated by his science-teacher-come-drug-making-genius Walter White, Jesse is officially on the run. Narrowly avoiding a squad of police cars heading to the ranch, he seeks solace with Badger and Skinny Pete – who later calls Jesse his hero and makes the whole audience cry (no? Just me? Okay). As the plot of the film develops, current-day scenes are woven in with flashbacks to create a sense of nostalgia for the audience, and it succeeds in making the film feel like an authentic Breaking Bad episode.
For me, watching El Camino was just what I needed to settle my burning questions. But, there was a lot of cameos that just weren't necessary. The scene with Mike was confusing and tbh I still don't even understand when in the timeline that meeting occurred. Nice to know he's alive but I could have lived without that. Bryan Cranston AKA Hal AKA Walter White also popped up in one of Pinkman's flashbacks. Again, while this was fine, the movie just didn't need it.
Heading back to the show to play the much beloved Jesse, Aaron Paul hasn't lost his spark. You'd think that six years would cause Paul to lose the essence of Pinkman but to his credit, he was just as loveable, just as tragic and just as clueless. Also making a return is Jesse Plemon who plays Todd. Easy to hate, Plemon's ability to play a man who talks about killing his cleaner like he's talking about getting a coffee is a testament to his talent. However, he did look noticeably ~different~ in the flashback scenes which was somewhat distracting.
Better – way better – than Better Call Saul but not as good as the Breaking Bad series, El Camino gets a solid 7.5/10 from me. An up-close and personal view into Jesse's journey and an ending that made me weep, this is the closure I think all Breaking Bad fans needed. Jesse is safe and happy. Todd is where he belongs. But wait, what's going to happen to the tarantula?…
Dan Timcke, The Sole Supplier's CMO, gives El Camino a 7/10:
“A good bit of weekend watching but it didn't live up to the hype. It rounded off the story nicely and answered a lot of questions but it felt more like an extended episode than a film.";
Ped, The Sole Supplier's Head of Aquisitions, gives El Camino a 5/10:
"A two-hour dragged out episode of Breaking Bad that brings together a few of the OG cast to essentially show a post credit scene to the breaking bad finale.";
Adam, The Sole Supplier's Head of Breaking News and Creative, gives El Camino a 6/10:
"Made for hardcore fans with a ton of jaw-dropping and memorable moments, but whether or not it was really necessary is another question.”