El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie ★★★½

"You ready?"
"Yeah."

Really hard to talk about this one, because I liked going into it knowing as little about it as possible, so I'll share what I think I can and intentionally hide other stuff. So, prepare for a vague review. Words cannot describe how hyped I was for El Camino, and in retrospect, my own personal hype for it was just too high. This isn't as good as I was expecting, yet that's more of a me problem than anything. I could change my rating with time, and whatever does happen, this is a good flick through and through. Anything you've heard about Breaking Bad is true. It's one of the best television shows ever. El Camino offers just a little more of that world many came to love, and we get some closure on maybe the only thing that wasn't wrapped up in the series: What happened to Jesse? The philosophy of Breaking Bad as a whole, and something that's portrayed well in El Camino, is that good or bad, justified or just flat-out cruel, we are responsible for all of the decisions we make. Walter began cooking in his eyes to provide for his family, then slowly realized it became more for himself than anything. This isn't a world that's above the retribution for bad people, but you have to earn that too. Likely my favorite scene in El Camino features Jesse interacting with a Breaking Bad character who will remain unnamed. As Jesse tries to tell the other character his experience from the last few episodes of the series, the character tells him along the lines of saving his sob story for the police. Whatever amount of cruelty you face in your life, life itself still doesn't owe you anything. Through cash or something beyond the physical, you pay. Every action demands an equal and opposite reaction. If you enjoyed that kind of storytelling that was found in Breaking Bad, then this isn't going to give you exactly what you wanted, but it's still going to give you something worth seeing and remembering. Led by a great performance from Aaron Paul, stellar cinematography from Marshall Adams, and the expected attention to detail from the mind of Vince Gilligan, El Camino is a character-driven, neo-western affair worth experiencing for fans of the original series. No Country for Pinkman.

7.5/10

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