In an alternate Breaking Bad ending that doesn’t result in the death of Walter White, we see his life after being saved by emergency services. Hiding from the law in a big city penthouse and using an Alias, we see a now handicapped Walter, who may still have his millions, but doesn’t have much else…except for Kevin Hart of course.
The Real Plot (The one based on a true story)
Phillip (Bryan Cranston) has all the money he could ever need. He lives in a luxurious penthouse and has a small collection of very nice cars. It’s a shame though that he can’t drive any of them. Phillip is a quadriplegic and confined to a motorized chair. He is seeking a caretaker who can assist him with all the things he cannot do by himself. During his interviews he comes across a man named Dell (Kevin Hart). Dell has a criminal history, and is seeking signatures to prove that he is at least looking for a job. Despite Dell’s disinterest in the position and his background, Phillip chooses to hire him against the advice of his personal assistant.
Ok ok, this movie has NOTHING to do with Breaking Bad obviously. And maybe my first paragraph was a lousy attempt at humor, but this is my first movie review in a long time. Cut me some slack! So to officially begin my evaluation of this film, I’ll start by saying that Bryan Cranston possesses talent that is seemingly endless. I don’t care how many films or shows I see Steve Carrell in, he will always be Micheal Scott from The Office. But I have to say that Bryan’s talent carries him to new heights and allows me to almost forget about Walter White. While yes I will agree all day that Walter White was his most iconic role to date, I still don’t have any issues leaving that behind to accept his more modern roles.
The cast in general was solid in my opinion. Bryan, Kevin, and the lovely Nicole Kidman don’t disappoint in their performances. I thought the dynamic between the characters was pretty good. Kevin’s character, Dell, had to balance two different relationships between Phillip, and Nicole’s character, Yvonne. And on top of it all, Dell is really wanting to mend his relationship with his ex-wife and son. His compassion for the two of them was strong. And from the moment he started earning the “big bucks” working for Phillip, he was already giving money to his ex and trying to support his “family”.
I’ll cut right to the problems that I have with this movie. I expected it to be more heartfelt. And while the acting was not an issue for me, the films issues come from it’s creators. The lack of “emotion” is caused by poor choices. There were some scenes where I was anticipating those “feels” but instead I was just a dude watching a movie. I thought to myself a couple of times that I could have put together a better scene than that! It was as if these scenes were slowly going in the right direction, just enough to get you on the hook to start preparing yourself for that wave of emotion, and then……nothing.
The “happy” scenes were far better in my opinion. And I loved the scene where Phillip got angry and Dell helped him express this anger through physically causing destruction. I did very much enjoy that part. But I kept feeling like the movie was going to take me one way, only to be taken another. And it’s not that the alternative route was “bad”, it just wasn’t as good as it could have been. And I’m sorry, but I hated how the movie ended. I never got enough of a taste of what Dell’s life at that point had become. And the literal ending to movie was too rough and even abrupt for me. From a creative standpoint, I get the ending, but that doesn’t mean I have to like it. I wanted just a little more to smooth things out and to learn more about the two main characters and their relationship after that point. But I did not get it.
Despite these complaints, I can’t say the movie overall was bad. I’m a huge Bryan Cranston fan, so I’m a bit biased when it comes to a film with him in it. Plus, at no point in the movie was I even close to turning it off and not finishing it. I actually enjoyed the movie. The two completely different lifestyles of Phillip and Dell kept me interested and wanting to learn and see more. And I haven’t even mentioned that the movie did carry some humor. Not as much as I expected from the preview, but it did still deliver some laughs. So let’s just get right down to it.
Abstract Rating: 70% I enjoyed this film as a whole, but if you dive into it’s inner workings, you may find some things you don’t like as well.
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