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- Alex Honnold
- Tommy Caldwell
- Jimmy Chin
- Cheyne Lempe
- Mikey Schaefer
- Sanni McCandless
- Dierdre Wolownick
- Peter Croft
Did You Know?
- Alex Honnold has done the triple crown of climbing in Yosemite. El Cap, Half Dome and the Mt. Watkins.
- Alex's brain scan in the film is referred to as an "MRI." This imaging modality is commonly used on athletes who need to have the extent of tissue damage visualized by a radiologist. Alex was studied with "fMRI" or functional MRI, which follows localized blood flow in the range of seconds which increases with increased neural activity. The interpretation presented in the film suggests Alex had a decreased response to fearful stimuli (pictures of sinking ships, knives, etc.) since there doesn't appear to be increased activity in the amygdala as compared to other subjects considered to be "normal."
- Mikey Schaefer: Let's hope for a low-gravity day.
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Being a climber, I loved seeing an original climbing movie as well as seeing Alex perform. Unreal
intense and true. Only possible to watch because we know Alex succeeded. OK to have this spoiler.
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.