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Being a climber, I loved seeing an original climbing movie as well as seeing Alex perform. Unreal
The result is a documentary that’s fascinated with its subject without being reverent, one that’s beautifully photographed (the way that Vasarhelyi and Chin capture the scale of Honnold’s climb is stunning) without ignoring the horrifying consequences lurking if he fails.
Free Solo would be an exceptional piece of filmmaking if it confined itself to the physical poetry of Mr. Honnold’s achievements. But it gets at his inner life too, and goes a long way toward answering the unspoken question of what makes — or allows — him to do what he does.
This is in many ways a white-knuckle brand extension for Honnold above all else. Still, the film frequently treads into knotty territory.