The next phase of the greatest crime drama ever is finally unveiled to us, thanks to Netflix. I watched the film as soon as it was online and I have mixed feelings after the end. Is it as good as Breaking Bad was? No. It is more of a prequel/sequel thoroughly targeted at Jesse Pinkman and his transformation.
Jesse Pinkman received the worst fate among all those who were caught in the web of Walter White’s Crystal Meth empire. El Camino is not the appropriate title for the movie; it should have been more of a personal title like the movie was. We got more empathetic to Jesse’s life as we delved into the details of his captivity. El Camino is a gift to Breaking bad’s fans.
Aaron Paul’s performance was top-notch; he portrayed a shell shocked yet dramatically transformed version of himself. The direction was typical by Vince Gilligan. However, I was disappointed in the intensity of the movie. Breaking bad was known for its gripping moments, which lacked in El Camino. All the easter eggs and homages were perfect for me, as a fan I needed those moments to reminisce of my favorite show.
This was the final frontier for Jesse; he was lucky and experienced this time. His heart was at the same place, yet his bravery was profound. They could have widened the scale of the film, but that’s a personal choice of the filmmakers. I would give a 7.5/10 to the movie. It was a good movie, and I had a good time watching it. It’s worth a single watch for sure.