El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie
Director: Vince Gilligan
Year Released: 2019
Continuation of the AMC TV series Breaking Bad - which I personally consider one of the high water marks for artistic achievement in visual storytelling (yes, I'm one of those people) - that has former meth-kingpin Jesse (Aaron Paul) driving away in an El Camino after chemistry teacher-turned-rogue Walter White (Bryan Cranston) massacred the gang that had kidnapped him ... and trying to find enough money to get away from Albuquerque, New Mexico and start his life over again. I have a hard time considering this a 'standalone' film, since without having watched the series in its entirety one would have most likely no idea what's going on - like who Robert Forster or Jonathan Banks or Krysten Ritter are supposed to be - but for the die-hard fans, it is good to see how Jesse is 'redeemed,' thereby completing his storyline. Gilligan, one of the most important artists working in television - like David Chase, Noah Hawley and Sam Esmail - is still working on another great show, Better Call Saul, which more people need to catch up on (protect Kim Wexler at all costs).