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- Alex Honnold
- Tommy Caldwell
- Jimmy Chin
- Cheyne Lempe
- Mikey Schaefer
- Sanni McCandless
- Dierdre Wolownick
- Peter Croft
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Being a climber, I loved seeing an original climbing movie as well as seeing Alex perform. Unreal
I don't say this often, but this is a must see for almost everyone.
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.
This is in many ways a white-knuckle brand extension for Honnold above all else. Still, the film frequently treads into knotty territory.
Beyond that interesting character profile, Free Solo also operates as a sort of meta criticism of this kind of documentary filmmaking. We see Chin and his crew, most of them friends or at least affectionate admirers of Honnold’s, grapple with the difficult realities—and the potential trauma—of what they’re doing.