El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie will premiere on Netflix on October 11, but fans without a subscription to the streaming service can catch the film in theaters. El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie will run a limited theatrical release over the weekend of October 11-13. The film promises to answer the question that fans have been asking in the six years since the Breaking Bad finale aired. What happened to Jesse Pinkman?
Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman | AMC
Who Is Jesse Pinkman?
The character of Pinkman, played by Aaron Paul, was a fan-favorite in Breaking Bad. Although his character was originally supposed to die at the end of season one, the writer’s strike of 2007 changed all of that. This led to a surprising arc for Jesse Pinkman. Fans watched him grow and mature over the course of the following seasons. The character of Jesse Pinkman stood in stark contrast to Walter White. Jesse started out as this punk kid with a serious addiction problem. Keeping him alive allowed him to become Walter White’s protégé and sidekick. We saw him fall in love, and try to kick the meth habit, and attempt to make something of himself – only to be thwarted at every turn.
Jesse Pinkman became a more empathetic character over the course of the series. In contrast, Walter White started out as the empathetic protagonist of Breaking Bad, and turned into one of the greatest villains of modern day television. The series finale gave viewers a definitive ending for Walter White, but the fate of Jesse Pinkman remained unknown. Now creator Vince Gilligan returns to the world of Breaking Bad to give us one last hit of Pinkman.
Gilligan shot El Camino in Albuquerque, New Mexico, as he did for Breaking Bad and its prequel Better Call Saul. The project was filmed in secret, in a special CinemaScope format. This explains the limited theatrical release as this wide-screen format is designed for films shown in traditional movie theaters. It will be interesting to see how this directorial choice will translate to the small screen.
Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, Vince Gilligan explained his motivation to make El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie. He asked himself: “What happened to Jesse?’ You see him driving away. And to my mind, he went off to a happy ending. But as the years progressed, I thought, ‘What did that ending — let’s just call it an ending, neither happy, nor sad — what did it look like?”
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie Will Wrap Up Jesse Pinkman’s Story
The movie picks up after the events of the Breaking Bad series finale when Jesse Pinkman escaped from a Neo-Nazi gang. The official IMDB description for El Camino gives a basic synopsis. “After escaping Jack and his gang, Jesse Pinkman goes on the run from the police and tries to escape his own inner turmoil.” The title comes from the car that Pinkman used to escape from the Neo-Nazis and a dying Walter White. The last shot of Pinkman in the series finale was in an El Camino driving away into the unknown.
Although the synopsis is fairly basic, it gives us an idea of what to expect from this solo movie. Jesse Pinkman must come to terms with his past in order to complete the redemption arc set up for him so long ago. This sounds like it could be a fairly slow, meditative character study. However, a theatrical release would indicate that there should be some action to keep viewers engaged. Will Pinkman get into further scuffles with the law, or the Neo-Nazis that he just escaped? Can Jesse survive and make a new life for himself, free of meth? Will he somehow stumble into a theme park where robots look like humans, and help them in their fight against humanity?
We will finally get some answers when El Camino: A Breaking Bad Story premieres on Netflix and in select theaters on October 11.
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