El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie review

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Xzavier Contreras, Journalist

To end a TV show can be difficult, especially when the show is critically acclaimed, award winning, and better written than most movies. Anyone familiar with the name Vince Gilligan will know his best work, Breaking Bad. To watch the show itself, can be a great experience for many. The ending itself, can be described as satisfying, but the ending also lead one character’s fate to be determined by the audience.

Russell Ruiz, a senior at ERHS said,

“It was one of the nest Netflix movies I’ve seen. I saw it in a movie theatre, which made the experience much better.

Jesse Pinkman from Breaking Bad, can be seen as the most tortured characters in television history, from being beaten, to his own girlfriend dying from an overdose right beside him. In the show, during the 5th season, Jesse Pinkman himself was seen at the end riding away in a Chevrolet El Camino.

Ethan Murillo, a senior at ERHS says,

“I enjoyed watching the movie for what it is. The Breaking Bad series is probably one of my favorite TV shows that I’ve watched, and the movie is just as good.”

Ethan Murillo
Ethan Murillo

The Movie El Camino, picks up immediately after the events of the final episode, with Jesse driving in the El Camino screaming as he escaped slavery. The movie is his journey from his escape from on the run to freedom. 

From beginning to end Jesse Pinkman is a fugitive, seen as Walter White’s accomplice in the drug trade. The plot is Jesse is trying to find money to escape from his current life and to try and start a new life thanks to the help of Joe the Disappearer. 


The film is filled with flashbacks to Jesse’s time in slavery to Jack’s White Supremicist gang, and the present of trying to find money.


The film has many wide shots of landscapes of the New Mexico state, while presenting a dramatic atmosphere, questioning the fate of Jesse Pinkman. 

By the end, Jesse must face off against the people who helped keep him in a cage, in a wild west standoff. Acquiring the money needed to start a new life, the location is presented in a flashback played at the beginning of the film, giving the peaceful send off to Pinkman. 


Ruiz said, 

“I like that it gave an ending to Jesse Pinkman, I feel the series has completed one of the best characters I’ve seen in a TV show. The ending of El Camino is just satisfying overall.”


Murillo says,

“I was confused by the ending, but now I understand some of the things that happened, like his letter to Brock, and his new life in Alaska.”


As Vince Gilligan gives titles a double meaning, the title “El Camino” not only refers to the car, but refers to Jesse’s journey, as in spanish El Camino translates to ‘the road’ or ‘the way’,  the journey to freedom and a new life.