El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie ★★★★

A beautiful final sendoff to one of the most beloved characters in recent television history and to a show that will contained to be revered and celebrated for many years and decades. I was very hesitant when this project was first announced due to the fear I had that it would shortchange or ruined the way the series nicely tied itself up and said farewell to our television screens six years ago; so thankful that my fears was nowhere to be found in the sheer awesome job this film adds new layers to the overall spirit of the narrative. Jesse is on the run from the DEA after escaping the hell which was in the captivity of the Nazi meth gang using him a slave for profits; not only must he find a way to save himself from the letter of the law but also his traumatic past and the inner regret he feels from the results of his interaction with Heisenberg and the meth cooking business.

Vince Gilligan and Aaron Paul recreate the magic of the original series without a hiccup or misstep in the right direction; Gilligan's writing moves at the same breakneck speed and easy to follow but methodical storytelling thats feels like hot butter; fans will appreciate the numerous callbacks to other famous characters we have grown to love and new details on other areas of the show thats wasn't as fleshed out before we saw Jesse drive though a fence with a El Camino. I won't spoil it but there are also some surprising and well played cameos that had me smiling in a nostalgic demeanor. Breaking Bad has always been dipped in western influenced conventions and flair for the dramatic; the film adds on that nice coat of paint in delightful doses and has a ending that serves as effective thematic tension and a big crowd pleaser. Aaron Paul is no surprise majestic in this role keeping the same attributes that made everyone fall in love with Pinkman while adding new dramatic layers that solidify his spot as a man who may be swimming in chaos but remains that same sweet humble kid who wouldn't want to hurt a fly only if he doesn't have to.

Direction is fantastic in showcasing great use of high and low angle shots, compelling close ups, overheads, and clever use of zoom angles to heightened up the stakes; Editing is clear and fun to watch. Cinematography feels lifted out of a Getty Images dream display; photographic landscapes, interiors filled with a lot of darkness, and a nice dated look to the flashbacks that harken back to the look of the show.

I couldn't help but smiling throughout this whole film; its the type of film that could stand on its own without the Breaking Bad name stamped on it but is more special and memorable because of it. A fantastic companion to the show that adds on to its legendary status and will be the curtain call that all fans deserve.

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