Free Solo

Besides the obvious draw of the film (oh my freaking god I can’t believe he climbed the rock without ropes) there really was a lot of meat on the proverbial bone in this film.  I spent much of the film assuming that he was simply an adrenaline junkie only to realize later on that this was not true.  The director did a fantastic job slow-playing this story line as it isn’t towards the end that you get a better feel for what makes him tick.

The second most interesting theme in the film is the relationship between the climber and his girlfriend.  What does he owe her?   What is right for her to expect from him?  Once again this director avoided did a great job to not portray her as a sobbing puppy and instead focused on the nature of their relationship.  Some of his statements about the relationship will really grab you.

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Movie title: Free Solo

Movie description: Follow Alex Honnold as he attempts to become the first person to ever free solo climb Yosemite's 3,000 foot high El Capitan wall. With no ropes or safety gear, this would arguably be the greatest feat in rock climbing history.

Date published: 2019-06-27

Director(s): Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi

Actor(s): Alex Honnold, Tommy Caldwell, Jimmy Chin, Sanni McCandless, Mikey Schaefer, Cheyne Lempe

Genre: Documentary

My Review

Besides the obvious draw of the film (oh my freaking god I can’t believe he climbed the rock without ropes) there really was a lot of meat on the proverbial bone in this film.  I spent much of the film assuming that he was simply an adrenaline junkie only to realize later on that this was not true.  The director did a fantastic job slow-playing this story line as it isn’t towards the end that you get a better feel for what makes him tick.

The second most interesting theme in the film is the relationship between the climber and his girlfriend.  What does he owe her?   What is right for her to expect from him?  Once again this director avoided did a great job to not portray her as a sobbing puppy and instead focused on the nature of their relationship.  Some of his statements about the relationship will really grab you.

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