Have you ever wanted to get into a television series, but been deterred by the sheer volume of episodes? I know I have (I’m looking at you, Grey’s Anatomy). Luckily, for those who are interested in delving into the critically acclaimed “Breaking Bad” series, there is now a more time effective option.
Two talented fans, Lucas Stoll and Gaylor Morestin undertook the immense task of editing Vince Gilligan’s hit series into a two-hour long movie, a project which took them two years to accomplish. While many have argued that this is not how the story should be experienced, I think it is an excellent alternate for those who don’t want to be consumed by a Netflix binge.
After watching this fan-made film, I have to say I was impressed overall. I’m a huge fan of the “Breaking Bad” series, so I’m not going to tell you it’s better than the original series (it’s not), but I enjoyed it as a companion piece nevertheless. Many characters are missing and storylines emitted, but the bones of the series remains, giving the viewer a more, concise streamlined sequence of events.
“It’s not only a fan-film, hitting the highlights of [the] show in a home-made homage, but rather a re-imagining of the underlying concept itself, lending itself to full feature-length treatment,” said Stroll and Morestin on the project’s website. “An alternative Breaking Bad, to be viewed with fresh eyes.”
While the television show depicts a slow-building arc, where we witness Walter White transform from a desperate man trying to help his family into a dangerous drug lord, capable of destroying anyone in his path, this fan edit portrays a sharper spiral into depravity, accelerating the show’s narrative.
Of course, there is far more character development and emotional depth in the series considering how much content is edited out in this film interpretation. However, the re-cutting by Stroll and Morestin is seamlessly done, making it extremely watchable and providing an authentic feel. As I mentioned before, I certainly don’t think that this film version is better than the original series, but it provides a bite sized, quick developing new way to experience the story that continues to captivate fans.
For now the movie is available to view on YouTube and Vimeo, but hurry up if you want to watch is because fan-edits often get taken down over copyright claims. Check out the film’s website HERE.
Let me know your thoughts if you watch it!