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"El Camino : A Breaking Bad Movie" Netflix

by Courtney Deeren - Lifestyles Editor
Tue, Oct 22nd 2019 08:00 pm

To say the ending of “El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie” was lackluster would be generous. During the opening scene when main character Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) stands beside a lake with Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks) I knew, somewhere in the back of my head, this movie would end as disappointingly as popular FX series “Dexter.” 

I was right, as the final scene showed Jesse driving along an Alaskan road with a new identity after fleeing New Mexico. 

In order to know how Jesse got to that point the movie had to pick up where “Breaking Bad” left off. To recap briefly, the end of the popular television series saw main character Walter White free Jessie from a group who was holding him hostage. In the process of doing so Walter killed several people and was shot as well, resulting in his own death. Jessie manages to escape in a Chevy El Camino. Due to the way things spiraled before the finale, Jesse was a wanted man. 

He fled to his friends’ house. Pete “Skinny” (Charles Baker) and Brandon “Badger” (Matthew Lee Jones) welcome Jesse and give him a place to eat, rest and shower before coming up with a plan. One of the things I liked best about the movie was the way in which Skinny and Badger helped Jesse, trading cars so he could leave town safely and giving him all the cash they had on them. It really said something about friendship. 

The movie is heavily centered around Jesse’s uncovered memories. Told in flashback form, the memories always had some connection to the next action or current state Jesse was in. 

While Jesse spent most of his time during “Breaking Bad” a “hapless victim” as some would say, he seemed to break out of that in “El Camino.” He took matters into his own hands and did what he had to to survive in the wake of Walter’s death. 

To be fair, it took me a long time to get into “Breaking Bad” and when I finally did I loathed Walter. I tended to enjoy Jesse’s character more as he had funny, redeeming moments, while I found Walter insufferable. I was excited to see a movie centering on Jesse, only to be disappointed by the lack of action throughout. Considering the way the series came to an end I had higher expectations for the movie.  

One thing both the movie and the series did well was the way they made places look, especially in lower income or middle class areas of the southwest. Often in TV and movies characters live in beautiful immaculately clean homes. While this may be the case for some people it isn’t totally realistic. 

In all, the movie was nothing spectacular. If you are a fan of “Breaking Bad” you might appreciate being able to revisit some of the secondary characters. What the movie did was offer fans closure I’m not entirely sure they wanted or needed. I wouldn’t call myself a fan of the show, although I thought if nothing else, they got the ending perfectly right which seems to be a hard feat considering some of the disappointing endings of series in recent years. What “El Camino” did was take the satisfaction of that ending and give viewers a slow descent to disappointment. 

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