El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019)
IMDb rating: 7.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 94%
The last we saw of Jesse Pinkman, he was roaring off into the twilight in an El Camino after Walter White freed him from his concrete prison, laughing like a madman, his face crisscrossed with scars, and tears running down his face.
Since the series finale, Breaking Bad fans have long wondered, what did Jesse – with his complicated set of morals – do with his freedom? Did he go back to cooking the infamous blue meth or did he turn a new page and start afresh? And the bigger question: can someone like Jesse Pinkman, a drug dealer, liar and thief, outrun his past and become a better sort of person?
El Camino doesn’t strike off on a new chapter of the Breaking Bad story – rather it is hyper-focused on the days after Pinkman escapes. As we follow Jesse, we revisit familiar faces and places from the Breaking Bad universe and learn more about some of the companion characters from the five seasons of the series.
Can you watch El Camino without having seen Breaking Bad? You could, but much of the richness of the story would be lost and make for a rather dull two hours.
But for Breaking Bads aficionados, who can’t get enough of Vince Gilligan’s storytelling and the shady underbelly of Albuquerque, and where spin-offs like Better Called Saul prove as addictive as Walter White’s goods, El Camino is a satisfying homage to the legend of Jesse Pinkman.