We finally got around to watching Netflix’s Breaking Bad epilogue movie, El Camino this evening. Breaking Bad is one of those shows that was pretty much flawless from start to finish so having another two hours added to the story wasn’t exactly a necessary addition but while the ending of the show sensible stayed focused on Walter White and finishing off his story, El Camino picks up moments after we last saw Jesse Pinkman driving off and shows exactly what he did following the events of the show.
That part of the story is intercut with flashbacks to what he suffered through while we were focused on Walter through the last few episodes as well as a few scenes set earlier.
It’s been years since Breaking Bad finished and it isn’t a show I’ve rewatched since because of how intense it is, but from the first few scenes El Camino managed to suck me straight back into the world through the cinematography alone. Vince Gillagan’s series has such a unique look, through the use of colour and angles that make it very recognisable.
Something I noticed and love about the way he shoots that world is the lack of camera movement. It’s not that it feels static at any point, but the framing of each shot is so precise and thought out that it tells as much of the story as the action happening within it.
For a movie telling a harrowing story and following on from one of the most intense series finales ever there is still a lot of humour throughout. Some overt, some ironic but it is always used to great effect, wether to break tension or reinforce it through adding a level of absurdity in an heightened moment.
This was titled El Camino: A Breaking Bad Story, and of this is the level of quality they can produce I am in for anything that Gilligan and Netflix want to produce in this world.