Watch the trailer for the Breaking Bad movie, El Camino.

El Camino | 2019-09-26 02:12:36

The Breaking Bad movie El Camino is coming to theaters and Netflix in a little over two weeks, and we’ve finally got our first real look at it. The trailer for the movie picks up not long after the series ended, with Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) still on the run, and very much wanted in connection with the massacre that Walt engineered to facilitate Jesse’s escape. There’s not much in the way of plot here, but we do see Jesse turning to an old friend for help: his onetime meth-slinging buddy Skinny Pete, as well as the perpetually nonplussed Badger. (Badger!) Not surprisingly, Jesse still looks pretty screwed up, nursing his literal and figurative wounds as he hides from the authorities and tries to clean up the evidence of his past crimes. But if you love watching Aaron Paul soulfully suffer—and if you stuck with Breaking Bad through the end, you probably do—you’re in luck.

El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie opens in theaters and arrives on Netflix Oct. 11.

The Full-Length ‘El Camino’ Trailer Is Still Keeping Its Cards Close to Its Chest

On Sunday, I blogged about the Emmys commercial spot for El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie. The footage—roughly one minute of Aaron Paul’s Jesse Pinkman parked in the desert, listening to radio reports about the neo-Nazi-inflicted carnage left in his wake in the show’s series finale—was purposefully vague, in that it didn’t reveal anything you wouldn’t have already known going into El Camino. The movie sequel takes place immediately after the events of Breaking Bad; Jesse is a wanted man on the run. (And, naturally, he’s driving anEl Camino.)

“If you’re a Breaking Bad fan and already hyped about El Camino,” I wrote, “the lack of detail [in the Emmys trailer] won’t deter you from watching the film.” Well, anyway, forget about that, because on Tuesday, Netflix released a full two-minute trailer for El Camino.

While I question the release strategy here—did Netflix not want to pay for a two-minute Emmys ad spot?—the third trailer is the fullest look yet at El Camino. It is also, still, mercifully and purposefully vague. You learn that Jesse reunites with Skinny Pete and Badger—though that’s something you already would’ve expected to happen, considering Skinny Pete’s interrogation by the feds made up the entirety of the first El Camino teaser—and also that Jesse shaves his head before beginning his time as a fugitive.

We also know that “more than 10” characters from the Breaking Bad universe are expected to appear, including Mike Ehrmantraut—per Jonathan Banks on the Emmys red carpet—which is a bit of a mind fuck considering the guy was killed by Walter White in the fifth season. (Granted, Banks could just be messing with fans, in which case, we salute your trolling prowess, Jonathan.) But if the returns of dead characters are on the table then, who knows, maybe Walt will reappear for Jesse through some type of surreal vision quest in the New Mexico desert.

I kid—probably?—but El Camino invites this kind of speculation because, despite the release of three trailers (and counting??), we know about as much as we did when the film was first announced. And because of that, I maintain the sentiment that I held on Sunday night: Knowing next to nothing about this movie before it drops on Netflix will be a lot more satisfying than having most of its plot outlined in a trailer. (People complain about that shit all the time!)

The release of El Camino is only a few weeks away, so all this strategic hype-building will have a near-immediate payoff. This won’t be like watching a Star Wars trailer and having to wait half a year to see the full picture—especially because Star Wars trailers are purposefully misleading. Conversely, Netflix really doesn’t have to do anything else to sell this film. Breaking Bad fans were already going to check this thing out.

Speaking of: El Camino is going to be an absolute content machine for websites, because people sure do love their Breaking Bad. Imagine if Jesse Pinkman could read all these blogs about him. He’d be like, “Is me sitting in a car listening to the radio really worth over 500 words?” Welcome to the internet in 2019, bitch! In that sense, it’s kind of perfect that this film will be debuting right after the Emmys. The ceremony melodramatically mourned the departure of Game of Thrones, a viewing experience that might be our last piece of monoculture. It’s like the Television Academy was, in real time, lamenting our fractured TV landscape.

But the arrival of a Breaking Bad movie is, if not exactly monoculture, perhaps the closest approximation that we’ll have for the foreseeable future. The future of television is dark and full of terrors (and way too many streaming services). But at least we’ve still got two more hours with everyone’s favorite meth cook. And if that’s not enough, how many times do we need to tell you to check out Better Call Saul? Would it be too outlandish to deem Better Call Saul a better television show than Breaking Bad? (Get me on The Hottest Take!) Kim Wexler is also one of the best characters on TV, and Rhea Seehorn was absolutely robbed of an Emmy nomination.

I’m sorry, are we getting off track a little bit? Well, don’t worry, the point is that I can say with the utmost confidence that the El Camino cinematic experience will be pure, blue Heisenberg crystal, baby.

Netflix’s Breaking Bad: El Camino full trailer is bleak but beautiful

If you’re a Breaking Bad fan, you’ve probably spent the years since the show’s dramatic 2013 finale wondering what came next for Jesse Pinkman. Now, the first trailer for Netflix’s new El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie gives us a glimpse at an answer.

The trailer, like the film, picks up right where the show left off. The finale saw Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) driving away scot-free from the brutal fight between Walter White and the drug-peddling neo-Nazis that were after him, at least for the moment. But the movie, written and directed by Breaking Bad’s creator, Vince Gilligan, won’t let our favorite sidekick rest easy for long.

The trailer shows Jesse fleeing what seems to be both law enforcement and the remnants of Uncle Jack’s band of neo-Nazis. At the same time, he’s clearly grieving his long-time partner Walt and trying to make sense of the upheaval of his own life. Mostly shot in sepia tones of shadows and sun-scorched daylight, the whole trailer is set to the Reuben and the Dark song “Black Water,” whose lyrics sound as though they could have been written for Jesse: “I saw my face in the mirror / Though I know I’ve changed; ... I lock fate in the lion’s cage / And wait for my time to come.”

While Jesse awaits his fate, we’re treated to tantalizing glimpses of what Gilligan, in his film directorial debut, has in store for us: We get a shot of Jesse digging up something unknown as well as brief shots of a few figures in the distance. Could they be familiar faces? For instance, private investigator Mike Ehrmantraut’s actor Jonathan Banks has already confirmed he’ll be making an appearance, despite his death early in the show’s final season. Still, could that somehow be him we see on the distant shore of a lake? A vision, perhaps?

We also see Jesse apparently accepting his fate, whatever it is, in the final moment of the trailer, as he’s confronted by a mysterious man in shadow. Could it be Ed the “disappearer” (Robert Forster), the Breaking Bad character who gives people new identities and helps them escape into new lives? Or is Jesse meeting a far different kind of fate?

The tone of this trailer is somber and dark, with no hint of the black comedy Breaking Bad was often famed for. But that’s entirely in line with the series’ darkening final seasons when fans were forced to contend with the truth of their antihero’s growing greed and sociopathy. In many ways, Jesse was a victim of Walt’s descent into darkness, and though the series left him alive, El Camino makes it clear it didn’t leave him unscathed.

But then, Breaking Bad’s ability to mix gravitas, beauty, comedy, and meditative darkness is what fans love about it, and while humor is absent from the trailer, it’s got enough of the rest to make us excited.

if your heart doesn't skip a beat when you see a frame like this in the Breaking Bad trailer, i don't know what to tell you

— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) September 24, 2019

El Camino arrives on Netflix on October 11, 2019.