It’s not that there’s not something to Oliver Stone’s critique of the Breaking Bad finale: I don’t agree with him, but I can kind of see his point about the unrealistic nature of the use of the machine gun in the Breaking Bad finale. What troubles me about Oliver Stone’s critique is the way he denounces violence.
Oliver Stone? Denouncing violence? Are we being Punk’d?
“There’s too much violence in our movies - and it’s all unreal to me,” he said. “I don’t know if you saw the denouement [of Breaking Bad], I happen to not watch the series very much, but I happened to tune in and I saw the most ridiculous 15 minutes of a movie - it would be laughed off the screen.”
Stone pointedly critiqued Walter White’s method of handling the gang that kidnapped Jesse. “Nobody could park his car right then and there and could have a machine gun that could go off perfectly and kill all of the bad guys! It would be a joke,” he insisted. “It’s only in the movies that you find this kind of fantasy violence. And that’s infected the American culture; you young people believe all of this shit! Batman and Superman, you’ve lost your minds, and you don ‘t even know it! At least respect violence. I’m not saying don’t show violence, but show it with authenticity.
Wait, this is the guy who directed Natural Born Killers throwing Breaking Bad under the bus because there’s too much violence? Maybe Oliver Stone didn’t see his last movie, Savages. He wouldn’t be the only one who didn’t see it.
“I wouldn’t criticize everything. I’m just saying it’s the level of violence,” Stone explained. “If people think that bringing a machine gun to your last meeting is a solution to a television series that’s very popular, I think they’re insane. Something’s wrong. It’s not the world we know.
He also adds, “But action is not always a solution, character is,” which right there suggests how little he knows about Breaking Bad, give that he hasn’t watched “the series very much.” It was a character driven series, with a finale that tied back to the character’s actions over the course of the series, but you kind of need the context of THE FIRST 61 EPISODES to better understand and appreciate the last 15 minutes.
This is why people are beginning to prefer television to movies. Breaking Bad was a five-season character driven tour de force, and Oliver Stone now makes movies like Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.