What’s in store for Jesse Pinkman? And will we see Walter White? We explore everything the brand new trailer tells us about El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie.
Posted by The Rotten Tomatoes Channel on Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Six years after Jesse Pinkman drove off into the New Mexico night, Aaron Paul returns to reprise the role that made him a star in El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie. We last saw Pinkman breaking free from Jack’s (Michael Bowen) Nazi compound. He was held prisoner by the group with the sole purpose of creating Heisenberg’s signature meth until Walter White (Bryan Cranston) mowed the clan down with a semi-automatic weapon attached to the trunk of his car, liberating Jesse in the process.
Vince Gilligan decided a proper send-off was in order for White’s former protégé, penning the script and stepping behind the camera to direct the final leg in Pinkman’s emotional journey. But is El Camino a necessary story to add to Gilligan’s Breaking Bad universe? That depends on who you talk to.
Die-hard fans will surely relish in the cameos that pop up during the movie’s two-hour running time. We already knew Skinny Pete (Charles Baker) and Badger (Matthew Lee Jones) would make an appearance, but some of the other characters who make appearances will probably keep people talking.
This type of fan service may not please every viewer who watches the sequel — whether they choose to tune in to Netflix or head out to watch the movie on the big screen on opening weekend. But this is a Vince Gilligan joint, so obviously there’s going to be more to El Camino than these juicy aesthetic tidbits.
Here’s what critics are saying about El Camino: A Breaking Bad Film:
Paul earned three Emmys for his supporting role on Breaking Bad, and in El Camino he delivers a mesmerizing lead performance that proves he deserves a spot on Hollywood’s A-list.
– Judy Berman, Time
Paul impressively juggles multiple eras of Pinkmania: “Yeah, bitch!”-ing meth student, wuvvy romantic, wrecking ball of soul-scabbed vengeance.
– Darren Franich, Entertainment Weekly
Aaron Paul is fantastic in his return to his most famous role.
– Nick Harley, Den of Geek
He’s again great here, capturing the push-and-pull of trauma and need within Jesse.
– Brian Tallerico, Roger Ebert
And as ever, Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman is one of the most tragic, moving, emotional performances on television.
– Linda Holmes, NPR
Gilligan remains a precise and complicated visual stylist.
– Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter
Vince Gilligan, the show’s creator and the film’s director and writer, makes use of a presumably robust budget and of the fact that El Camino will be exhibited on some big screens with some genuinely gorgeous shot making.
– Daniel D’addario, Variety
Gilligan – who reprises his own role as writer and director – has always been good at keeping his audience on their toes.
– Paul MacInnes, The Guardian
Breaking Bad fans won’t be disappointed if they’re feeling sentimental and nostalgic for the good old Bad days.
– Michael Starr, New York Post
El Camino is fan service executed at a very high level.
– Matt Zoller Seitz, Vulture
Old friends are trotted out for special appearances like Love Boat guest stars.
– Jason Bailey, The Playlist
El Camino is a mostly tension-free traipse around the show’s old haunts and a few of the surviving characters.
– Philip De Semlyen, Time Out
It’s likely to delight fans who’ve yearned to return to a memorable time and place.
– Matt Roush, TV Insider
Breaking Bad was already an ice cream sundae. Simply think of El Camino as the cherry on top.
– Adam Graham, Detroit News
El Camino didn’t need to exist – but for fans who craved extra Jesse Pinkman in their lives, it hits the spot.
– Ed Power, The Daily Telegraph
El Camino mainly just fills space, and likely time – something Breaking Bad never did.
– Dominic Patton, Deadline
El Camino provides a way to return to the world of Breaking Bad even if it’s not quite up to the level of the TV series.
– Matt Goldberg, Collider
Where El Camino struggles is in the nagging sense that it has no business being two hours long, because there’s not nearly enough reason to expand a fairly brief, tense adventure into feature length.
– Josh Spiegel, SlashFilm
Massively enjoyable wrap to the Jesse Pinkman story, and better still, the right one.
– Verne Gay, Newsday
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie launches on Friday, October 11 on Netflix.