El Camino review

Almost a decade ago, the ABC drama Lost came to a controversial conclusion, managing to bother more people than it pleased with a series finale that’s still being misinterpreted. A few months later, the final season was released on DVD with a 12-minute epilogue film titled “The New Man in Charge.” In the epilogue, we learned more about the futures and fates of a few members of the show’s vast ensemble. It didn’t resolve the finale’s frustrations, but was a pleasant capper to the genre-bending drama.

For better, and often worse, it was hard (at least for this writer) to not be dogged by thoughts of “The New Man in Charge” while watching Netflix’s latest release, El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie. As the subtitle suggests, this two-hour crime drama is tied to the Breaking Bad universe, first established with the excellent AMC drama that aired from 2008 to 2013. Though the show’s characters live on in the prequel spinoff show Better Call Saul, El Camino is squarely focused on another character, the meth dealer with a hidden soul named Jesse Pinkman. But even with an unsurprisingly emotionally complex lead performance from Aaron Paul, El Camino can’t help but feel unnecessary and overlong. Read More »

el camino early buzz

When we last saw Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman, inarguably the most tragic character in Breaking Bad‘s Shakespearean tragedy, he had escaped from Walter White’s massacre of the neo-Nazis that had held him captive — free, feral, and driving onto the open road in an El Camino. It was the closest thing to a happy ending that creator Vince Gilligan could give one of his characters.

Now El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie fills in what happens after in an epilogue that, according to critics, gives Jesse the ending he deserves. But is it the ending that Breaking Bad needed? The El Camino early buzz is out, and the critics are mixed on that.

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Breaking Bad Recap Aaron Paul

It’s been six years since Breaking Bad went off the air, and if you haven’t had time to rewatch all five seasons in the lead-up to this week’s release of El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie, star Aaron Paul is here to help. He was a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night, where he took the stage and delivered a quick recap of some of the show’s best moments to jog your memory. Watch his recap below, plus a couple of lengthier, more visual recaps to really get you back into a Breaking Bad state of mind. Read More »

el camino featurette

Netflix loves catering to the teens, which means every now and then we get a very perplexed cast of serious actors promoting their prestige film with a YouTube reaction video. Breaking Bad was a Peak TV sensation before the era of streaming, but with the upcoming arrival of El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie, the cast must now do their internet due diligence.

Netflix gathered the cast of El Camino in a recreation of the old Breaking Bad meth-making RV to read YouTube comments on the film’s trailer. It’s a pretty lackluster piece of marketing that’s made enjoyable to watch thanks to Aaron Paul’s sheer enthusiasm and willingness to say emphatically say “bitch” every five seconds. Watch the El Camino featurette below.

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Breaking Bad pop-up

Six years after its series finale, the world has Breaking Bad on the brain again with El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie set to premiere on Netflix this Friday. But now Los Angeles residents will be able to immerse themselves in the world of Walter White and Jesse Pinkman in a new Breaking Bad pop-up experience that’s coming to West Hollywood, taking over the same space once occupied by pop-ups for Saved By The Bell and Good Burger.

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el camino teaser old joe

So much of El Camino, the Breaking Bad sequel-movie, is shrouded in secrecy. Sure, we know it’s about what happened to Jesse Pinkman after he drove off shrieking like a madman in the series finale. But how many other Bad characters will be making an appearance? It was previously confirmed that Jesse’s old drug-dealing buddies Badger and Skinny Pete would be back, and now we’ve learned about the return of someone else: Old Joe. You might not remember him, as he only appeared in a handful of episodes. But the character, as played by Larry Hankin, is definitely returning, because he now has his own El Camino teaser.

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El Camino Mike

Last night during the Emmy Awards, Netflix debuted a new trailer for El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie, which marks Breaking Bad creator/writer/director Vince Gilligan‘s feature directorial debut. But on the red carpet before the award show began, one of the film’s actors spilled a secret and confirmed that he would be coming back to reprise his role in the upcoming movie. Read the full quote below. Read More »

El Camino details

Last November, we exclusively told you that Vince Gilligan‘s Breaking Bad movie would feature the return of Aaron Paul and be about what happens to Jesse Pinkman after the series finale. Since then, Gilligan has done a masterful job of keeping the plot details vague and not giving anything away, but a new report has some El Camino details, including that it’s a “closed-ended story” and that it features more than 10 characters from Breaking Bad.

Plus: Netflix is giving the movie a limited theatrical release, and you can find out if it’ll play in a city near you below.
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el camino music video

Breaking Bad should be renamed Breaking Jesse for the amount of emotional (and physical!) torture poor Jesse Pinkman goes through. As we near the release of the highly anticipated El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie, Netflix is here to remind you just how much suffering Aaron Paul’s extremely unlucky meth cook went through with a music video recapping Jesse’s arc through Breaking Bad. Watch the El Camino music video for the Chloe X Halle song “Enchanted” below.

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  • Bill and Ted 3 wraps filming.
  • Is Fast and Furious 9 bringing Brian back? Probably not, but let’s speculate.
  • No love interest for Elsa in Frozen 2.
  • Check out everyone awkwardly standing around in a new Maleficent 2 banner.
  • Aaron Paul shares a Breaking Bad scene to “prepare you” for the upcoming Breaking Bad movie.

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