Free Solo

Free Solo

DVD - 2019
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Despite attempts by his friends, loved ones and his new girlfriend to dissuade him from this dangerous feat, Alex Honnold, the worlds most accomplished free soloist climber, prepares mentally and physically for his most daring adventure to date: scaling the 3200-foot El Capitan in Yosemite without a rope or safety gear. If he succeeds, it will mark the largest wall he, or anyone else, for that matter, has ascended without any kind of equipment.
Publisher: [Washington, DC] : National Geographic, [2019]
Branch Call Number: DVD 796.522 FREE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (100 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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annod
Mar 11, 2020

So awesome, I've watched it twice. It gave me chills both times. I feel really sorry for his girlfriend!

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BlueHippo
Mar 01, 2020

First of all, I agree with Ba-kuPlanet - there is something creepy about filming people doing outrageously dangerous things as though this is something everyone does with their free time on the weekends. I also thought it was kind of boring - yes, there were some beautiful scenery and vistas, but otherwise, it was just someone scaling a rock or talking to his buddies. I think if you are someone who does rock climbing or is interested in it, this would be great.

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Ba_kuPlanet
Dec 29, 2019

Great scenery. Well woven docu-story about a climber. The only reason why I don't rate this higher is because, for me, there's something not right about filming people doing dangerous things. I'd make the same comments about all the helli-skiing snowboarding docu-movies too. I'm glad the brain MRI was part of this docu-movie. Alex completed the IB program - inconceivable. A example of how opposites attract? If ever I find myself stranded hanging on a cliff, I may have learn a couple of climbing techniques to try to increase my chance of survival by 1%.

FPL_LaurenG Nov 22, 2019

After watching, you will feel:
1. Like you took a trip to Yosemite National Park.
2. Inspired by Alex Honnold's blind determination to complete tasks successfully and efficiently.
3. Awe from watching his attempts to free-climb on El Capitan.
4. Curious about if he owns any silverware in the van.

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OrleansEclectic
Oct 10, 2019

Really enjoyed this movie. Found it incredibly well done and well acted by the real people. So glad it delved into the mind of the climber. Alex had one real focus in life-to scale El Capitan without aids. It seemed to override everything else. I was so glad in the end that he accomplished his life's goal, and hope that he felt more at ease having done that. He certainly was driven and played his part extremely well in the movie. Highly recommend this incredibly well-done documentary!

JCLTiffanyR Aug 18, 2019

A great documentary about the first person to free solo El Capitan (3000 vertical feet, no ropes). The documentary dives into Alex's personal life, his motivations and life philosophy, as well as provides plenty of compelling climbing scenes. The 'on mountain' camera work was amazing. You'll feel like your climbing right next to Alex, so visually, the documentary isn't for the faint of heart!

ArapahoeKati Aug 12, 2019

Intense, stressful and completely compelling. Free soloing is a hard nope for me!

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greatflicks
Aug 04, 2019

A fine move for people interested in climbing mountains but for me no interest. A bit slow and a lot about he and his life. He is portrayed as a person dedicated to climbing with out much else in his life. Then he found a lady friend that helped him developed a life outside of climbing. We turned it off towards the end, just lost interest.

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TechWriter1
Jul 29, 2019

The narrative on Alex's personality and relationships is moderately interesting and a decent back story for his complete obsession with free solo climbing. The climb itself is incredible and it is maybe even a bit of a fluke that he actually survived it. A 3200 foot climb in just under 4 hours? Wow! He literally used finger and toe holds in some places to support himself. The cinematography of the climb is stunning and helps to make the film worth watching.

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anonymouswe
Jul 15, 2019

I only gave this film 3 stars because of the last 20 minutes. Overall, a pretty uninteresting subject and pretty boring film as I experienced it. Once they git to his actual free ascent - WHEW - it really starts to grip you how nerve-wracking what he did is. How high up he is, the number of times he had to make a move with barely a thumbnail bump to hold on to. Sort of unbelievable people can climb these things, free or roped - but to do it with any mistake ending your life? The guy has to be a little off his rocker to do that. I don't know if it is him, or the editing and pacing of the film itself, but the first hour was pretty boring to me - I did not find Alex a very interesting subject off the cliff face - you might experience him differently. I'm glad I watched it. I would have given the film only 2 stars, but the last 20 minutes were so compelling, I bumped it up to 3 stars.

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