Free Solo

Please Note: This film is no longer showing at Railroad Square Cinema

“Both intimate and expansive, Free Solo is a documentary beautifully calculated to literally take your breath away. And it does. The film’s subject, Alex Honnold, is the foremost practitioner of free soloing, the art of climbing dizzyingly sheer rock faces with no ropes, no harnesses, just bare hands and dazzling determination and skill. “There’s no margin for error; you have to do it perfectly,” one climber explains, comparing the endeavor to an Olympic sport where “if you don’t get the gold medal you are going to die.” “Free Solo opens with an arresting overhead shot, almost too unnerving to watch, of Honnold at work, his chalked hands finding crevices that don’t seem to exist, pulling off seeing-is-not-believing moves that are more astonishing than the most ambitious special effect. When Honnold shocked the free soloing world by climbing Yosemite’s imposing 3,200-foot El Capitan, the New York Times made the event a front-page story and called it “one of the great athletic feats of any kind, ever.” “Free Solo chronicles the ins and outs of that instantly legendary climb as well as a whole lot more”—Kenneth Turan, L.A. Times. PG-13. 100 Min.