Free Solo

Release Date: September 28th, 2018

DVD Release Date: March 5th, 2019

PG-13 |1 hr 40 min

Plot Summary

Alex Honnold completes the first free solo climb of famed El Capitan's 3,000-foot vertical rock face at Yosemite National Park.

Cast: Alex Honnold, Tommy Caldwell, Sanni McCandless, Jimmy Chin

Director: Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi , Jimmy Chin

Genres: Documentary

Production Co: Little Monster Films, Itinerant Media

Keywords: Inspiring , Gripping , 2010s , Engaging , Transformation , Quest , Fascinating , Intense ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 80
    Keith UhlichThe Hollywood Reporter

    This is in many ways a white-knuckle brand extension for Honnold above all else. Still, the film frequently treads into knotty territory. show more

  • 75
    David SimsThe Atlantic

    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. show more

  • 90
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    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. show more

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Winner Documentary (Feature)
Winner Documentary
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2019)