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Aaron Paul delivers phenomenal performance in El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie


By Spalding Today Columnist


FILM REVIEW: EL CAMINO: A BREAKING BAD MOVIE (15), NETFLIX, OUT NOW

CAST: AARON PAUL, CHARLES BAKER, MATT JONES, LARRY HANKIN,JONATHAN BANKS & BRYAN CRANSTON

RUNNING TIME: 2 HRS 2 MINS DIRECTOR: VINCE GILLIGAN

El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (19450448)
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (19450448)

Breaking Bad is one of my favourite shows of all time – and in my opinion the way it ended was perfect.

Therefore, when I first heard there was going to be a spin-off movie continuation I was apprehensive as to whether we needed one – but being a major fan I still went in with an open mind.

El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie kicks off immediately after Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) escapes from the compound he’s been trapped in for so long. It mostly focuses on his struggles to recover mentally from his past and the problems that come with him trying to create a future.

Paul delivers a phenomenal performance as a broken Jesse.

For a while, I felt sorry for the actor. We know he can act – Breaking Bad proved that – but after the show ended six years ago, he kept taking on terrible roles (Need for Speed anyone?). This was frustrating after seeing what he’s capable of – and in this movie he gives the best performance of his career.

The show creator, Vince Gilligan, returns as writer and director and he’s done a solid job. The cinematography is spot on. Despite the fact that it’s been so long since the series ended, credit to Gilligan for making this in a way where it doesn’t feel at all like a single day has passed since we last saw the characters.

With a two-hour running time, there is, of course, going to be cameos – that was inevitable. The best thing about them is that they didn’t feel forced – like they were thrown in simply to keep the fans happy. Each cameo genuinely added something to the story and helped carry it forward.

One thing that surprised me was how flashback heavy this movie was, which is not a criticism. If anything, it helped to tie up some lose ends.

You’re probably wondering whether you need to have seen the show to appreciate the movie.Personally, yes, I think you do. It’s easy enough to understand the plot without seeing the series, but you simply won’t be invested enough in the main character to care about his outcome. Plus there’s numerous references that will just mean nothing to you.

Now for the big question. With the end of the TV show being so satisfying, did we need this movie? No, we didn’t if I’m being honest – but I’m still glad we got one.

This was a trip down memory lane. I’ve missed the characters, so it was great seeing them on what felt like an extended episode – but that’s all I was looking for.

And for fans of the series this is definitely enough – but you may need to knock a mark off if you’re not a die-hard.

Rating: 4/5

By Mikey Clarke


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