What would you do to keep yourself alive? Breaking Bad is a complicated show about a chemistry professor, Walter White, who starts cooking meth in order to pay for his medical bills. Starring Brian Cranston, Breaking Bad shows how a decent man gets corrupted by the need to pay for his treatment for lung cancer. With the brilliant performance of Brian Cranston, an enviable script and plot, and great photography, Breaking Bad is a series worth anybody’s time.
Cranston plays Walt, who is living a conservative, quiet life until he is diagnosed with lung cancer, and he decides to be more risky. When he finds out that a former student of his, Jesse Pinkman, is a drug dealer, Walt comes to the conclusion that his chemistry knowledge could help him to make money on the meth market. During his journey, Walter realizes that although he hasn’t completely cured his cancer, he has changed it for another cancer, being a drug dealer. Walt doesn’t really care that he is going to die, leading to riskier and riskier behavior.
At the beginning of the show, making money for his pregnant wife and his handicapped son before his inevitable death was his first concern. The money he earned from drug dealing “broke him bad” and, what started as a couple of thousand dollars, became one million per month, and an honest man turned into a criminal. The old Mr. Chips became a criminal because he couldn’t afford his medical bills. Knowing how much money he could make, he started to think bigger, to be a criminal, to become the Werner Heisenberg of drug dealers.
Brian Cranston’s outstanding portrayal of a man who is corrupted by money and power has given him multiple awards as an actor, the creator of the show knew that find an actor with the ability to be loved by the audience and turn into the bad guy was going to be hard, but Cranston has done it pretty well. Cranston also shows his versatility having multiple nominations as a completely different character on Malcolm in the Middle. Cranston may blot out the performance of the supporting actors, but the whole cast deserves credit, and the variation in the cast makes the audience wonder who is going to replace whom.
The only sure thing is that everybody wants to keep Walter White and Cranston’s performance. Now, everybody talks about the people in front of the cameras, but what about those behind cameras? Vince Gilligan, creator and writer of Breaking Bad, not only works hard every day to give the audience a great hour, but Gilligan was the one who persistently asked to the executives hire Cranston who would play the character of Walter White. So far, Vince Gilligan has accomplished his main goal, to create a series in which the protagonist became the antagonist, or as he said, “To turn Walter White from Mr. Chips into Scarface” and Gilligan gives all kind of clues of this change during the show, and maybe the most notable clue is that Walter White’s hat is more than just gear, the hat represents Walter’s personality change. The position of Walter’s hat represents his inner demons. With the mid-season finale released, we will be waiting for the last eight episodes of Breaking Bad. Will Vince give us one last surprise, or everything will end with a classic “happily ever after” for Walt and his family?
Something that anybody can appreciate about the show is the photography. Michael Slovis has won one award for his performance as cinematographer and surprisingly has not for Breaking Bad. In a show with many scenes in the desert, the cinematographer Michael Slovis has been able catch every detail giving the audience the perfect environment for every scene. In the desert, the viewer can feel how angry or exhausted the characters are. The illumination and the set shows the mood and is perfect almost every time for the moment.
Slovis says about the show, “I think one of the reasons the show works so well is that the visual language is inseparable from the show itself. ” And as one sees the show, one starts falling for the unique photography, not just the plot and the script. Breaking Bad is a TV show with outstanding cast and crew. Sadly, it is coming to an end, so if the reader has heard his friends talking about it, this is the time to catch up. This is a story of a man who, through his fear of bankruptcy and death, revealed his real personality. Fear can change even the most honest man.
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