Count me in as a fan of Breaking Bad. I enjoyed the series immensely and was excited to revisit this world. But what we get with the here, El Camino is fun but not necessary.
El Camino takes place right after the series finale. It's great seeing all the cameos of returning characters such as Mike, Badger, Skinny, Jane, and Walter White. The late Mr. Robert Forster as Ed, the fixer, and his interactions with Jesse were a standout for me. Others were with Todd (played by Jesse Plemmons), who is weird and creepy in his unique way. There were times I thought he was going to rape Jesse. The main antagonist Neil, played by Scott Macarthur, is great at being a dick. I first saw him in HBO's Righteous Gemstones, where he was an entertaining villain.
Aaron Paul, as Mr. Pinkman, does a great job here relaying the trauma he's dealt with over the last five seasons of the show. Having lost multiple girlfriends, his abduction and being held prisoner breaks him in ways which he demonstrates in this movie. There are moments when he has supreme confidence. Where he isn't easily fazed and feels like a seasoned criminal. Then other times where he doesn't want to deal with the world, he's long been associated with and wants to curl up into a ball.
This Netflix exclusive felt like a series of events which, in the end, gives Jesse a happier ending than the series finale. If you saw Breaking Bad, maybe still watching Better Call Saul, and you still want more, then this is for you.
El Camino inspired me to draw this piece. It's from a scene in the third act. This design is for sale in my Teepublic store, which you can visit by here.
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