FREE SOLO – A Review By Gadi Elkon

Follow Alex Honnold as he becomes the first person to ever free solo climb Yosemite's 3,000ft high El Capitan Wall. With no ropes or safety gear, he completed arguably the greatest feat in rock climbing history.

Pure adrenaline on screen and easily one of the year's best films.  Here is my full review. 

A few years ago I watched MERU at the Dallas International film festival and was horrified and mesmerized at the incredible feats of this small unit of climbers.  The filmmakers behind that incredible documentary have given us something even more wild and nidicolous.  Take all the fears of MERU and than take away all the gear and give us one crazy guy.  Alex Honnold's tackling of El Capitan Wall in Yosemite is one of the most marvelous and miraculous feats ever attempted.  In the film he jokes about needing to be Jedi like.  If there is a human that lives up to the moniker of Jedi, it's Alex!  You will have a hard time forgetting this documentary mainly because your heart will pound so loudly throughout that you can't imagine being normal again.

My review of this film is really simple and short.  GO SEE THIS FUCKING FILM.  That's it.  I don't care who you are you can't witness what Alex does without being fully engaged even if he seems aloof to everything around him.  From the incredible cinematography to the haunting music this doc is flawless.  Inspiring, emotional, and unforgettable.     

National Geographic has this awesome 360 Video as a companion piece to the film.  

Directed by Jimmy Chin & Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi
Rated PG-13
Selig Rating A+
Running Time 1hr  40min
Limited Release October 5th in Texas Markets
Starring: Alex Honnold, Jimmy Chin, Tommy Caldwell, Sanni McCandless
The Selig Rating Scale:
A – Excellent movie, well worth the price.
B – Good movie
C – OK movie
D – No need to rush. Save it for a rainy day.
F – Good that I saw it on the big screen but wish I hadn't paid for it.
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