Instant Watch Pick of the Week: Breaking Bad
Yeah we’re still here. I know it seems odd because we haven’t had any new Trailer Reviews (or even regular movie reviews) in September. Here’s the thing:
September has kind of sucked:
‘Contagion’ Set to Top Worst Weekend of the Year
It’s always nice to win the weekend at the box-office, but sheesh, when it looks this dismal it doesn’t feel like such an achievement. Contagion is assured the #1 spot this weekend after $8 million on Friday and a potential $22 million weekend, but that’s pretty much where the good news ends. Even with that kind of opening weekend, for a film carrying a production budget reportedly around $60 million it’s going to need some really long legs.
In second is the last three weeks’ #1 film, The Help, bringing in $2.6 million and a likely $8.5-9 million weekend as its overall cume approaches $140 million domestically.
I’m not saying all the movies coming out in September are bad. Not at all. Critically, Contagion, The Debt and Warrior have all gotten pretty good reviews. But that said, none of them really stuck out to me as something I would pay movie theater prices for. After coming off a summer of some pretty big blockbusters, stumbling into September with movies like Contagion seems kind of ‘blah’. We’re not a big site so we don’t always get screen passes falling into our laps. The only thing we got screen passes for was Creature. And that movie was such a steaming pile of shit, it set a record for worst boxoffice for a film shown on at least 1500 screens. Even news coming out of next year’s blockbusters (Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises, etc.) has been kind of slow. So yeah, September has sucked.
But hey, that’s why God created Netflix. And to show us how much he loves us, he has given us the first 3 seasons of Breaking Bad on Instant Watch.
I’ve only finished the first season but I’m already hooked. The first episode opens with Walter frantically driving a RV, wearing a gas mask and no pants. I mean shit, talk about drawing you in.
Bryan Cranston is the main character, Walter, a husband and father, who finds out he has cancer. Halfway through the first episode you figure out that Walter is the kind of guy that gets pushed around and has never really lived the life he wanted to live. In an effort to try to leave money for his family and pay for his cancer treatments, Walter enlists the help of one of his former Chemistry students to start cooking Meth. You can only imagine that things don’t go as simply as planned.
I liked Cranston on Malcolm in the Middle and in Breaking Bad, he’s kind of like Hal’s depressed twin. Anna Gun plays Skyler White, Walter White’s wife and does a great job. Dean Norris plays Walter’s brother in law Hank and at least in the first season adds a little comic relief as that “douchebag brother-in-law”. And I can’t go without mentioning Aaron Paul who is excellent as Jesse Pinkman, Walter’s former student and now partner in the drug trade.
Aside from the chemistry that all the actors have on screen, what has made this a good watch is that the show isn’t one dimensional. When I started watching it, I thought it would be pretty linear: Walter finds out he has cancer, he starts cooking meth, he gets caught up in the drug trade and it spirals out of control. Things don’t unfold like that and it makes for a great watch. They don’t abandon the fact that Walter is really suppose to be your typical suburban husband, middle-class guy. It’s great because as I watched, I could really sympathize with Walter. So when he comes across some douchebag he saw earlier at the bank and finally gets fed up and decides to have his car set on fire, I think “I’ve wanted to do that before.” The show also appeals to that dark voice in your head that always pops up after you finish paying your bills and says “If you just sold drugs for like a month, you could pay all this shit off.” Of course, this show also shows you the consequences of such things.
Like I said at the beginning, I’ve only finished the first season but this is a critically acclaimed show and if the rest of the seasons are anything like the first, then I’ll be using this to keep myself occupied until next month when some movies I actually care about enter the theater.