Yesterday I watched "El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie". I enjoyed it. The movie was dark, bleak, depressing, hard to watch and, flat out, brutal. But, that was exactly what I was hoping for, and expected to see. When we last left Jesse Pinkman, he was not in a good place. He did get out, spoiler alert for a show that ended nearly a decade ago, but after that, he was officially on the lam. That is where this movie pretty much picks up.
What I enjoyed about this movie the most was the fact that Jesse had, for himself, a somewhat happy ending. He got the closure that I felt his character deserved. Jesse immediately goes on the run, in the El Camino after Walter White rigged up the gun that shot the place up, and he knows he needs to hide. We find him next running into Skinny and Badger. He goes to their house and says he needs to stash the car. He is led inside, eats a ton of cup of noodles and crashes to sleep. When he wakes up he freaks, thinking he is still in the cage that the neo Nazis put him in to cook. When he realizes he isn't anymore, he cleans himself up, shaves and goes out to get his vengeance.
From this point on, there are a ton of silent scenes and flashbacks and Jesse trying to find a way to get out and start over. The silent scenes in the movie were incredible. It showed a broken man that was trying to get himself back together again. When he is searching around houses looking for money or when he has his freak outs when he wakes up or when he is caught by some random guys pretending to be cops, those were super intense. I was on the edge of my seat, just waiting to see what would happen next. The flashbacks really helped jog my memory, which I liked. If there was something I was a little cloudy on, I would most likely get a flashback, and that would help me remember who the character was, or the situation we were in in the movie. I appreciated that from the movie.
The stuff with Aaron Paul and Jesse Plemons character, the soft spoken yet insane killer neo Nazi, were so wild and so essential. RD told me, and I then went on to read, that Jesse Plemons said that, for him, this was one of the oddest buddy movies he has ever been a part of. That is 100 percent true. Plemons character takes Jesse out of his cage to help him with a job, and the stuff they do, and talk about, you would think that these guys are buddies. Then a flashback comes, or Jesse grabs a gun, or cowers when Plemons talks to him, and then you remember, Plemons is a bad, bad dude. He killed people that Jesse loved, and that he is one of the people that are keeping him in a cage so he can cook for them.
But, when all is said and done, Jesse gets the best possible outcome. He gets his vengeance. He gets his chance to start over. He gets to leave a letter for the only person left that he truly cares about. And he drives off with a small smile on his face, the first time they show that in the movie.
I feel like "El Camino" was a perfect way to close the story on all things "Breaking Bad". It perfectly wrapped up any loose ends that the finale, which was great, might have left over. I feel a sense of closure now with this movie, and was very happy with how it all turned out. "El Camino" is worth your time, and it is a great ending to a great show.
Ty is the Pop Culture editor for SeedSing and the other host of the X Millennial Man Podcast.
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