I agree with Steve on all points.
|Posted: 11 October 2019 at 11:45pm | IP Logged | 3
Still digesting this. I’ll wait awhile for spoiler talk.
I had a feeling this would be more of a cherry on top of BREAKING BAD than a reinvention of the wheel, or the setup for more stories down the road. It accomplishes exactly what it was clearly designed to do—cross the “t”s and dot the “i”s on Jesse’s story. That was the only expectation I had going in, and it was most definitely satisfied.
The joy of this movie is in the methodical plotting and the filmmakers’ trust in the audience’s intelligence. Everything slowly unfolds and fits together with jigsaw-puzzle precision. All of the proper clues are in place to figure out where the various flashbacks fit in, and what story purposes they serve. All of the story points, cameos, and plot developments make perfect sense, and are deeply rooted in the continuity of the show, particularly “Granite State” and “Felina”, as well as “Say My Name” and “Four Days Out”.
Tons of careful and deliberate nods to existing continuity, here. Multiple viewings will no doubt be rewarded. It’s really a very simple and straightforward story, and the ending is telegraphed literally in the first scene (and was blatantly telegraphed by Gilligan many times over the past six years), but it’s still a joy to see the last piece of BREAKING BAD finally click into place.
The movie is stylistically related to BREAKING BAD, of course, but it really is it’s own thing. Familiar elements like the music and the high- speed time-lapses are there, but this movie really is a MOVIE. Shot in anamorphic widescreen, and not dependent on all of the traditional BREAKING BAD-style shots and whatnot. It’s a simple story told in a complex way, and it’s quite grim and dark.
The last line of dialogue perfectly sums up the entire point of Jesse’s arc in the show, and gives it a real emotional resonance. This same point was there in “Felina”, yes, but this reiteration of the idea is even more poignant. It hits closer to home, here, despite being less direct than in “Felina”, if that makes sense. More to come when we get into spoilers.
Was this a necessary epilogue? On an emotional level, no. We saw Jesse escape in “Felina”, and that was perfectly satisfactory. But, in terms of the nuts-and-bolts attention to detail which the show is so well known for...well, yeah. I think we kinda needed this loose end properly tied up. The movie only expands on what we know (and in very clever and entertaining ways), rather than retconning or ruining it. I think anyone going in hoping for some crucial lost piece of the puzzle will be disappointed. This is a button-up, a cherry on top. An underlining of the ending we already had. And it’s great.