El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie, the sequel to superhit TV series Breaking Bad, is out on Netflix after a long wait. Available for streaming on Netflix worldwide, El Camino offers a look into what happened to Walter White's sidekick Jesse Pinkman after he escaped from captivity in the final episode of Breaking Bad Season 5. Given the craze, we caught up with El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie as soon as it dropped on Netflix and here is our review of the same.
PS: Slight spoilers ahead
Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) is back, so is Todd Alquist (Steve Plemons), yes, the psychopath who killed an innocent kid in the last season. El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie starts off right where Breaking Bad left us; Walter White dead as Pinkman escapes in the now-dead neo-Nazi gang's El Camino.
After a moment of enjoying his new-found freedom, he soon realises that the entire police force is onto him. He rushes home to his friends Skinny Pete and Badger, who are back in their hilarious avatar. Together, the trio hatch a plan to help Jesse escape from the police. However, Pinkman has some leftover business to take care of.
Without delving too deep into the plot of the movie, some of the major takeaways are as follows — El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie is for the diehard Breaking Bad fan. It is extremely slow, covering only a small duration in the timeline, and invokes the much-needed nostalgia among fans waiting for the characters to return for more than half a decade. It isn't really great on its own, and that's something most of you expected already.
Thankfully, El Camino has a couple of classic Vince Gilligan sequences that tend to keep you hooked to the screen. We get some scenes where Pinkman fights back his trauma and attempts to claim what is his. However, that said, the movie as a whole is just like an appendix episode for Breaking Bad Season 5. It helps Jesse Pinkman redeem his character and come out of the torturous phase he had been in for the past few months.
A couple of things are extremely odd in El Camino, however.
Read ahead only if you have watched the movie.
First, Steve Plemons, who plays psychopath Todd, has gained quite a few pounds and, obviously, is older than his previous avatar. The disparity seems too odd in his case, more than any other character, and the flashback scenes are unintentionally hilarious. His character just keeps reminding of Black Mirror's USS Callister episode and that spoils the seriousness for us.
Walter White (Bryan Cranston) makes a comeback in the movie (yay!), but it is a rather weird comeback. We see him with Pinkman in a flashback sequence, in the early days of their meth cooking, discussing their future and what they would do with their millions. Cranston, probably with other movie/series commitments could not manage to shave off his head for the bald White look. Thanks to that, the makeup makes his head look bulged, almost like an alien.
Apart from these few discrepancies, there is really not much you can say about El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie. It isn't bad, but isn't really intriguing either. The creators have managed to fit in some dark elements to the movie and also added a few throwback moments, but those aren't enough to keep the boat sailing. Sorry, Vince Gilligan, Felina was the perfect ending to your crime thriller. El Camino is like a sour candy; you want to have it but it just leaves a weird taste in the mouth.
Cast: Aaron Paul, Jesse Plemons, Bryan Cranston
Director: Vince Gilligan
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie is now streaming on Netflix worldwide.