Jason Linsel’s review published on Letterboxd:
On paper, it’s an impossible task to follow up on 62 spectacular hours of television that concluded with one of the most satisfying endings of all time, so the big question leading into Sony & Netflix’s El Camino was, “do we really need a continuation of Breaking Bad?”
And as much as it pains me to say.. it turns out that the answer is no. We didn’t.
Don’t get me wrong, on many levels, El Camino is a fine film and that’s largely due to outstanding direction from series creator, Vince Gilligan. He delivers a compelling and masterfully shot character piece that does a great job at immersing you back in the meth ridden wasteland of New Mexico without missing a beat.
Thats not to mention Aaron Paul, who comfortably shows that he has the chops to be a true leading man and the emotional range he puts across as Jesse Pinkman throughout El Camino finally gives the character the full spectrum of emotion and resolution that the show didn’t have time to fully explore.
It’s just a shame that it all feels a little unnecessary. The film proves time and time again that there’s no real reason for it to exist.
Its less of a film in the Breaking Bad universe and more of a collection of loosely related deleted scenes interspersed an overindulgent, fan-servicey epilogue that ends up feeling rather inconsequential. We don’t really learn anything new and the plot doesn’t progress any more than our imagination already had for the last 6 years.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ll alway be on board for anything Breaking Bad (huge fan of Better Call Saul) as Vince Gilligan can do no wrong, and, in my opinion, it remains the greatest television show ever made, I just think there’s a very interesting story to be told with Jesse in this world, and unfortunately this wasn’t it.