Ryan Sutton’s review published on Letterboxd:
“I don't know what to tell you. But no way I'm helping you people put Jesse Pinkman back inside a cage.”
I remember thinking how perfect the ending to Breaking Bad was. Then I heard they were making this . . .
Before I share my thoughts on El Camino, know that I’m a massive fan of Breaking Bad. It’s hands down my favorite television show of all time and it honestly got me through a pretty hard time. Vince Gilligan created a masterpiece with Breaking Bad, no doubt, but what stood out to me most was how perfect the ending was. The show stuck the landing and I was honestly satisfied with it ending there. But I was open to see what they could do with my favorite character.
In the end, this is a tricky one to review. There’s nothing wrong with it. It’s a perfectly fine movie on it’s own; even better with the weight of the series. Like the rest of the series, Gilligan brings his expert cinematography and soundtrack to the table, as well as some awesome character moments. Aaron Paul is amazing yet again as Jesse Pinkman and it’s always nice to see a few familiar faces here and there.
But I gotta say, it feels completely unnecessary. It’s really for people who weren’t quite satisfied with the finality, or lack of, of Jesse Pinkman’s character. For me personally, the ending was incredible so as a result, while El Camino didn’t bother me or ruin the ending, it just felt like an epilogue of sorts. Nothing more.
Overall, El Camino was decent. I can’t say that I have a burning desire to rewatch this in the near future but it’s still pretty good. I’d still highly recommend it to any Breaking Bad fans out there for sure, especially if you weren’t 100% satisfied with the series finale. I’m just kind of indifferent on this one.