El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) was written and directed by Vince Gilligan, creator of the successful show Breaking Bad. The film tells the future of Jesse Pinkman, played by Aaron Paul, after the end of the series.
While Breaking Bad ended in 2013, it wasn’t until 2018 when the filming of El Camino began. The film was kept secret since the pre-production stages and was specially made for fans of the original series.
Thanks to the neat work of Vince Gilligan and his team, the directing and cinematography of El Camino is as bold as in Breaking Bad, showing pretentious shots and unusual camera movements. The special use of shots in enclosed spaces makes the film an effective immersive experience, for it manages to make viewers feel the tension of the situations that the protagonist lives trough.
Aaron Paul‘s great performance makes it appear that El Camino was filmed immediately after the last episode of Breaking Bad, despite the years between the end of the series and the premiere of the film. The approach to issues such as trauma and guilt in the character of Jesse Pinkman results in one of the best-achieved interpretations in the actor’s career.
Although it’s an entry for fans of the original series, the film uses flashbacks to recount the events necessary to understand the story and evolution of the character. El Camino seems to tell a story that couldn’t find a place in the main arc, but that functions as an epilogue to the series and closes the narrative arc of Jesse Pinkman, one of Breaking Bad‘s most popular characters.