Breaking Bad: Netflix releases trailer for El Camino

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    Fans of Breaking Bad will only have to wait until October for the movie - El Camino.

    Netflix teased fans with a trailer for the film and tweeted it will be on the streaming service on 11 October.

    It will see Aaron Paul returning as crystal meth cook Jesse Pinkman and it has been
    written by the show's creator, Vince Gilligan.

    We still don't know if Bryan Cranston, who played Walter White, will return to star in the film.
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    Earlier this week Bob Odenkirk, who plays lawyer Saul Goodman in the series,
    revealed the whole movie had already been shot.

    Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, he says he's surprised the "secret" never got out.

    But now fans know a little bit more about about it.

    According to Netflix, El Camino will see Jesse escape from captivity and
    "come to terms with his past in order to forge some kind of future".

    (By the way - if you plan on bingeing the TV series before the movie comes out,
    here's your spoiler warning.)


    So... what do we know?
    One thing that's not changing is the director Vince Gilligan, who's putting the movie together.

    It's reportedly a sequel to the series. A prequel, Better Call Saul, has already run for four
    seasons on Netflix and a fifth is planned for next year.
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    Which characters are coming back?
    So the finer details might still be up in the air - even for Bob:

    "I've heard so many different things about it, but I am excited about the Breaking Bad movie.
    I can't wait to see it.

    "I don't know what people know and don't know. I find it hard to believe you don't know it was shot.

    "They did it. How is that a secret? But it is. They've done an amazing job of keeping it a secret."
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    As for one of the leading characters, Jesse Pinkman, it's fairly certain he'll be a central part of the film.

    Actor Aaron Paul certainly hinted to Variety magazine he'd be involved, pointing out
    "in case you haven't caught up on the TV series, Walter dies, so it has to star Jesse.

    "When it comes together I'd love to be a part of it. I would love to do it."

    A bigger question is whether Bryan Cranston will return as Walter White - despite him and

    Aaron posting the single word "soon" on social media at the same time in July.

    Bryan's Breaking Bad character might be dead in the series but he's told Entertainment Tonight, "rigor mortis has a way of allowing that to happen".

    "Could be in a flashback, or a flash forward. I'm still dead, Walter White,

    I don't know what could happen."
     
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  2. Yeah ...School Restarts
     
  3. Breaking bad and better call saul were/are fantastic but idk how they're gonna do a sequel with Jesse. I mean the last we see of him is driving away after having his entire life torn apart already no longer wanting anything to do with the meth business. I'm worried it may feel forced and not work but I don't think Vince would make it if it wasn't going to be up to par. So I'm cautiously excited.
     
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  4. im fucking psyched
     
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  5. Skinny Pete: "I don't know what to tell you,

    I haven't said like five hundred times already:

    I have no idea where he is.

    I don't know where he's headed, either. North, south, west,

    east, Mexico, the moon. I don't have a clue.

    But, yo, even if I did, I wouldn't tell you.

    Because I've been watching the news, same as everybody else.

    I've seen that little cage of his they kept him in.

    I heard about what all they did to him

    to make sure he kept cooking.

    So, sorry. I don't know what to tell you. "
     
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    Six years after his drug-dealing TV drama ended, creator Vince Gilligan has conjured up
    a feature-length sequel. But the result is lazy beyond belief, writes Hugh Montgomery.


    Did we need more Breaking Bad? Given some distance on it, the sheer level of fervour Vince Gilligan’s dusty drugs drama once inspired has now come to seem like something of a fever dream. Casually returning to some old episodes on Netflix, it’s difficult to remember quite why, collectively, we were so over-awed by the curdled buddy antics of rogue chemistry teacher Walter White (Bryan Cranston) and his former pupil-cum-fellow crystal meth dealer Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) – entertaining, then progressively more harrowing as they were. Already, too, it feels of its era, as one of the pillars of the so-called ‘anti-hero’ age, when morally dubious men did very bad things in confusingly alluring style.

    Six years on from its end, and the TV zeitgeist has decisively moved on – to Killing Eve and Fleabag, Russian Doll and Succession; to anti-heroines, less ambiguously awful men, and more sophisticated comedy-drama hybrids. But that’s not to say that the Breaking Bad fandom has dissipated. Ever since the series five finale, when White took himself and his Nazi enemies down in a hail of machine gun fire, the possibility of a movie sequel has been the subject of excited speculation. We have had the prequel series Better Call Saul, but despite acclaim, it has been too esoteric to achieve the same cut-through. So when a two-hour film called El Camino was finally announced over the summer, it felt inevitable if, by this stage, not altogether essential. Just how inessential the result is, though, is frankly mind-boggling.

    The question was always: where exactly could a sequel go? That closing shot of White bleeding out on the floor suggested he was very much a goner. An interesting and dramatically fertile choice would have been to focus on White’s wife Skyler: as she discovered her husband’s criminal activity, then reluctantly decided to collude with him, her morally compromised journey became one of the show’s most interesting aspects, even if some keyboard warriors notoriously directed abuse at her - and Anna Gunn, the actress who played her - for supposedly being a nag. When we last saw Skyler, she was living in an airless flat with her two children, working as a taxi dispatcher, her life of suburban affluence decimated: a film checking in with her now could have been a worthwhile endeavour.

    Sadly, though, it ain’t to be. Instead, Gilligan has opted for the more obvious focal point of Pinkman, and a story of very limited span. It picks up where we left off, with Pinkman driving through the fences of the Nazi compound White had rescued him from, and follows him over the course of a few days, as he attempts to evade the cops and escape New Mexico unseen for a new life in Alaska.

    What we get is a fugitive thriller without the thrills, and a character study without any character. Pinkman edges around the nondescript Albuquerque suburbs, trying to set himself up to get out of town, in a series of listless scenes whose dialogue is all padding. At points, it is so boring that it’s almost avant-garde. Then, when bits of incident do occur, they are purely ludicrous. The best things are the expensive-looking wide shots of the New Mexico desert, which show the producers striving to give it some cinematic currency, even if only a small number of people will, like this reviewer, ever see it in a cinema.

    Easy paycheque aside, some sympathy should be paid to Aaron Paul, who created a relatively interestingly-shaded character over the years but here has absolutely nothing to work with. Given how the narrative merely runs straight on from the series, it perhaps precludes Pinkman as a character from gaining any radical new layers, yet the one interesting new psychological element Paul could have been given to grapple with – the trauma-cum-PTSD resulting from Pinkman’s imprisonment – is dealt with via few cursory flashbacks and then dropped. Otherwise, Paul merely glowers un-interestingly: after two hours, the final close-up settles on his blank expression, and you wonder whether you now know less about the character than you did before.

    Inevitably, there are a series of cameos from familiar faces – a few, like Pinkman’s wastrel buddies Badger and Skinny Pete, appearing in the present timeline, while others – including, yes, that one – are crowbarred in via flashback. The latter scenes are fan service as its most lumpen, narratively and dramatically negligible as they are, though it’s difficult to see how even the most ardent fans could get excited by them. You won’t find many women speaking actual lines among the assembled cast: there is no reappearance from Skyler or her sister Marie, it’s sad to say, though hey, we do a get a gaggle of nondescript, fur-coated sex workers.

    If this fantastically empty endeavour is characterised by anything, it’s a kind of glib machismo, that the original show could be guilty of displaying, but is concentrated down here. Were there a tragic resonance to be found in the relatively young Pinkman’s pathway to a snowy oblivion, it’s obscured by the kind of low-grade humour that relishes bros calling each other ‘bitch’ and seems to find comedy in the very idea of the murder of someone’s cleaning lady. As the series progressed, the question of Breaking Bad’s so-called ‘bad fans’ – those who would misogynistically hero-worship White and deride his wife Skylar – inspired debate: was it subject to misinterpretation, or simply less sophisticated than it had initially appeared? After this grubby extra chapter, you’re less inclined to give Gilligan the benefit of the doubt.

    And therein lies the rub: not simply unnecessary, El Camino may have actively tarnished the legacy of the show it sprang from, serving only as a reminder of its worst aspects. Safe to say, it doesn’t hold up as a standalone ‘film’ – but nor does it really even provide the lesser satisfaction of functioning as two add-on episodes stitched together. It is a big fat nothing, and a colossal waste of time. And if television has recently been characterised as the ‘new cinema’ while cinema apparently infantilises itself with superhero movies and Disney remakes, then this gives lie to that narrative: certainly, it’s a franchise extension as lazy and vacuous as anything dreamt up on the big-screen.

    El Camino is on Netflix now.

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    El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie is a colossal waste of time
     
  7. I don't see how they can do any good with a sequel.
    I tried to watch Saul, but I just couldn't stay into it.
    I already cancelled netflix anyways, so phhttttt.
     
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  8. Eh, I thought it was pretty entertaining and a good chance to give Jesse's story a little bit more. I was worried going into it because I liked how Breaking Bad ended so much, but I thought it was a nice little P.S. to Breaking Bad giving Jesse a little more respect than he got in the end of the series. I enjoyed it, probably a 3.5 or 4 out of 5 for me.
     
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  9. It was rubbish man. The showdown in the tow truck garage was ridiculous. Jesse was never a Clint Eastwood.
     
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