Jesse’s back, bitches!
BQB here with a review.
When I heard they were making a Breaking Bad movie, my reaction was one of revulsion. It’s rare that a TV show concludes with all the loose ends tied up, with an overall sense that the writers and producers really, truly cared about all the time the fans invested in watching the show and wanted to reward that time with payoffs galore. Thus, to create a sequel seemed like trying to paint Mona Lisa Part 2: This Time The Bitch Really Smiles.
Turns out the movie is great, though it’s less of a movie and more of an extended episode. My main fear was that they were going to bring Walter White (Bryan Cranston) back from the dead and have to conjure up silly, absurd reasons about how this guy has been able to live with terminal cancer for 11 years and how he’s still cooking meth when everyone from the cops to the coast guard are looking for him.
My fears subsided when I learned Walter was left to RIP and this was Jesse’s flick. When last we saw Jesse, he was looking like an unkempt, unwashed, bearded mountain man, escaping from Nazi captivity in weirdo Todd’s El Camino.
This film tells us what happens next. With police on his tail and plenty of rival crooks out to get him, will he be able to flee and start a new life, or will he go out in a blaze of glory just like his meth cooking mentor?
Series regulars come and go throughout the flick. Badger. Skinny Pete. Mike. Even Walter stops by. Relax, those who ended up in body bags at the end of the series only reappear in flashback form.
Is this a movie we needed? No, bitch. To be honest, I never put much thought into what happened to Jesse after his escape. That being said, it is a nice wrap up, tying up that one last loose end.
It’s fitting the movie is on Netflix. After all, Breaking Bad is a show that became successfully largely due to the streaming age. I’ll admit I avoided it for several years because a show about a sad old man dying from cancer after a lifetime of regret didn’t exactly sound like fun viewing to me, but once I kept hearing rave reviews, I started streaming it and I was hooked. Dying science teacher depressed about his lack of success recruits his wayward former student to start a meth empire and eventually goes from underdog anti-hero to vile villain that you want to see lose? Yeah, that’s not something that any network was going to pour a lot of dough into promoting. Word of mouth and “hey, go stream this when you have a minute” was the key to BB’s success.
Still, I’m not sure how much juice can be extracted from the Breaking Bad world. I suppose there’s always a prequel or a sequel. I suppose, even for a truck of cash backed up to Bryan Cranston’s house and, hopefully, the right script, we could find out that Walter White survived but honestly, I felt this movie worked because it was just 2 hours. Would I want to see an entirely new Jesse based spinoff series? I can’t imagine it. I did give Better Call Saul a couple of seasons before I gave up.
STATUS: Shelf-worthy, bitch.