El Camino movie review: the return of Jesse Pinkman

“El Camino” is the highly anticipated sequel to the 2008 AMC “Breaking Ba” series written by Vince Gilligan. “El Camino” was released on Netflix and select theaters on Oct. 11. photo from imdb.com.

The world was blessed with one of television’s greatest shows in 2008: “Breaking Bad.” From 2008-2013, “Breaking Bad” aired on AMC. The last time people saw Jesse Pinkman, played by Aaron Paul, was on Sept. 29, 2013. He was driving an el camino, finally freed from capture. It took just over six years to finally get closure of what happened to Jesse Pinkman, after the finale of “Breaking Bad”. 

Netflix teamed up with “Breaking Bad” creator Vince Gilligan, to create “El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie” that began streaming to all Netflix subscribers on Oct. 11. 

The movie begins right where Breaking Bad ended; with Jesse driving in the el camino. Without giving away any spoilers, “El Camino” is essentially closure for Jesse Pinkman. The only character who hadn’t been wrapped up by Gilligan. He felt that “Breaking Bad” fans needed closure for Jesse Pinkman.

There were many familiar faces in the movie. We get to see some new faces too. One thing that remained consistent was the feel of Gilligan’s writing. “El Camino” feels like a longer episode of “Breaking Bad”. 

But the underlying question is, was this all necessary? Did we need this film and this closure? Or should we just had been left to imagine where Jesse went driving away in the el camino. 

“El Camino” is without a doubt a well done film with a very strong Breaking Bad feel. The formula Gilligan uses is very familiar. As usual, you will not know what is going to happen next. 

If you are a “Breaking Bad” fan, this is a must watch. Unless you truly do not want to know what happened to Jesse Pinkman, don’t. But, you will find out where Jesse Pinkman went in that el camino. 

How he recovered from being in captivity and most importantly what was happening in the world after the end of Breaking Bad. 

If you haven’t watched Breaking Bad and made it this far, watch the show. From personal experience, I regret not watching it sooner. It embodies one of the most interesting character developments television has ever seen. 

It also gave us some of the highest rated episodes of television ever, according to IMDb.com. “Breaking Bad” is one of the greatest TV shows to ever hit the small screen. Vince Gilligan transitioned from small screen to the big screen without skipping a step. 

Rating: 89/100

Published by Caitlin Srager

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