‘Breaking Bad’ ends 6 years later with ‘El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie’

El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie is rated TV-MA and is recommended for ages 17 and up.

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Jacob Rengstorf

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‘Breaking Bad’ is my favorite tv show of all time. Everything about the show was utterly fantastic. One of the best parts of it was its ending. Breaking Bad ended perfectly and felt conclusive. So you can imagine my surprise when it was announced that Vince Gilligan would be making a sequel to Breaking Bad in the form of a movie. El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie is a very mixed bag in my opinion. El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie is Directed by Vince Gilligan and stars Aaron Paul, Jonathan Banks, and Matt Jones.

Vince Gilligan is the creator of Breaking Bad, this show is his baby. Since the show ended he created another great show in the Breaking Bad universe with Better Call Saul, and now he’s made a movie in the universe. Since the show was so fantastic I was already heavily invested in the characters and the world. So the movie doesn’t have to really focus on building up these characters because the show has already done that. Many characters from Breaking Bad make a return in flashbacks and are developed even more. But this movie is definitely focused on Jessie. Jessie went through so much in Breaking Bad and in this movie. He’s a very different person from the dumb drug addict from Season 1 of Breaking Bad. He’s quiet and reserved for the majority of the movie.

Aaron Paul gives his all in this movie and so do the rest of the actors. I can’t think of a single bad performance in the entire movie. Aaron Paul’s performance gives Jessie so many more layers. I don’t want to spoil what characters show up in the movie but all the actors are great. Some of the locations of the movie are absolutely beautiful and have some great production design. The deserts of New Mexico make a return and look as beautiful as ever. Breaking Bad had fantastic shot composition. El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie’s cinematography is very different from the show’s. The movie’s cinematography can be beautiful at times. There are also some great uses of drone shots and overhead shots. The character writing and dialogue is also well done. The technical aspects of the film, the acting, and writing is all great.

With all this praise you must be thinking “how is this movie a mixed bag?” The biggest problem with El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie is how unnecessary it feels. As I said earlier, Breaking Bad ended perfectly and this movie feels very unnecessarily. The story is very predictable and just basic. The plot of the film only takes up half of the movie. The other half is flashbacks. Don’t get me wrong the flashbacks were fun and enjoyable but that’s just because the show was great not because the movie was. The majority of the flashbacks served nothing to the story. They felt like they’re only in the movie to excite fans. I hoped Vince Gilligan was making this because he had an idea that warranted a movie but unfortunately it doesn’t feel like he did. It feels like he just made a Breaking Bad movie because he could.

Overall I was disappointed with El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie. It has enjoyable parts, It’s well directed, well acted, well shot, and well written. However the story of the film just doesn’t feel like it needed to be told. The technical aspects cannot make up for the boring and predictable plot. The constant flashbacks make me feel like Vince just wishes he could still be making Breaking Bad. This movie is the definition of a mixed bag. I love it and hate it at the same time. El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie is probably the biggest disappointment of the year for me.

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