El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie is available now to stream on Netflix, and fans will be relieved to hear that this feature-length follow-up is a mostly satisfying addendum to the hit TV series.
Going in, however, it's worth knowing that Vince Gilligan doesn't fill the film's two-hour run-time with a season's worth of incident nor does he care much for excessive fan-service, but focuses instead on deepening the show's beloved characters and sewing up Jesse Pinkman's (Aaron Paul) arc. And that El Camino does splendidly.
Given how few TV revivals have been able to truly stick the landing without compromising its characters or over-indulging in crowd-pleasing fanfare, this stands along the recent Deadwood movie as one of the few belated send-offs to get it really right.
Don't go in expecting an urgent, dramatic masterwork on the level of, say, Ozymandias, but fans should nevertheless find plenty satisfying about this seemingly final farewell to these characters. For a movie that didn't need to happen, that's practically a miracle...
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