Free Solo (2018)
Critic Consensus: Free Solo depicts athletic feats that many viewers will find beyond reason - and grounds the attempts in passions that are all but universal.
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Critic Reviews for Free Solo
This awe-inspiring National Geographic documentary is as much a celebration of U.S. parks and wilderness as it is a record of one of the most audacious feats in the history of mountaineering.
The visuals are stunning, offering head-spinning views with the comfort of total safety.
Free Solo...is a jaw-dropper, both in what is documented and its visual impact.
A visually dizzying but also thought-provoking film about one man's pinnacle of achievement.
Impressive... But the question for me remains: Why on earth would anybody do this?
Audience Reviews for Free Solo
Without the knowledge that free climber Alex was alive and on stage with the creators when they received their (deserved) Oscar for this, I probably wouldn't have made it through this. During the final free solo climb of El Capitan in Yosemite Valley my palms got increasingly sweaty from the images and the knowledge of the incredible risk. The unbelievable artistic feat aside, this is also the portrayal of a relationship dealing with looming death. One can only hope Alex is done now, his lovely girlfriend would deserve it. Probably the most fascinating, exciting and dizzying documentary ever.
The most intriguing aspect of this documentary for me is that there is something almost akin to an 'observer effect' in what we see here, as the presence of the film crew does threaten to affect the event they are recording and it becomes obvious for us too how all this can only end.
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