After watching perhaps the greatest television show in history end in 2013, Vince Gilligan has finally delivered another chapter. El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie is everything fans of the series could have hoped. It connects on the thrilling and dark aspects that made the show such a hit. The difference this time though is it brings a story line so unknown it keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout despite feeling like you have seen this movie before.
Diving deeper into the movie and this features a lot of cameos that are perfectly placed and give you instant flashbacks. The movie does a perfect job of integrating those characters. It also does well giving you added scenes from the show for a point of reference. It also doesn’t lean too much on being “Breaking Bad” which is a huge plus. This movie does well to add pieces to connect the two, but avoid being tied together completely.
The movie starts with Mike, Badger, Skinny Pete, and Old Joe from the junkyard all joining in almost immediately. A really strong start to get you in the right frame of mind. But it also doesn’t let any one flashback or character linger. The most used character, Todd, is used for the purpose of showing Jesse’s time in capture, but not a second more than needed. The main characters who don’t appear are Gus, Saul, Walt’s family or Hank and Marie. Brock is also referenced, but isn’t shown. They do however show Walter White and Jane very briefly. Both are really strong signals that this is about Jesse, and no one else. Gilligan gives you the emotional tie to them, but doesn’t use them as a crutch to advance the story or characters.