‘El Camino’ was released on October 11, 2019, on Netflix. The movie follows the character Jesse Pinkman, played by Aaron Paul. Providing a proper send-off to the role.
Jesse Pinkman, in ‘Breaking Bad,’ was last seen speeding down a dirt road, screaming his lungs out, in an attempt to gain freedom. The movie picks right after that. Vince Gilligan, the writer-director, has brought a rather ‘raw and committed’ side of the character.
The story revolves around how Jesse is trying to collect enough cash to leave Alberquerque. Though, of course, that’s not as easy as it sounds. During his quest for money, Jesse runs into quite a several small but significant issues. As rightfully written by CNET, ‘If Breaking Bad had a formula — aside from Walter’s formula for his signature blue meth — it’s characters with big plans derailed by endlessly escalating small problems. So it proves for Jesse as he drives his El Camino into a new story.’
Along the way, we get to revisit a few minor characters from the TV show. One doesn’t need to remember the minor characters’ back story from the show, though, to watch the movie. Furthermore, the film is littered with flashbacks. Each time Jesse gets into a new scuffle, there’ll be a flashback explaining its roots. The movie holds loyal to the hallmark of the show, and it’s intricately twisted storytelling. Each will have you grabbing your seat and hoping for the best outcome. But, this is still a ‘Breaking Bad’ story, it probably will end on a bit of a sad note.
Jesse is also seen struggling with his past experiences in captivity and recovering from the torture inflicted on him by the neo-Nazis. ‘El Camino’ gives a chance to characters who were left in the background during the show into the spotlight. In a way, it ties up many loose ends in an iconic way. At its simplest, its a story about a young man who made some bad decisions and got dragged into a dark path. The message is quite clear and all-encompassing.
Do make sure to watch the movie and decide for yourself if it the proper send-off that Jesse deserves.
Here’s the trailer: