If you have ever wondered how far a human can push his or her body in the pursuit of extreme atheticism then the National Geographic film of Alex Honnold’s free climb up the sheer 3000ft vertical rock face known as El Capitan in Yosemite National Park is for you.
If on the other hand you have a fear of heights, or fail to see why anyone should take their life in their hands to summit such a dangerous cliff, then perhaps not.
But the critics seem to all agree Free Solo, a documentary film by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin is thoroughly worth the price of your movie ticket.
It is nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the Academy Awards, to be announced Monday, February 25, having already won a BAFTA for Best Documentary, plus three wins at the Critics’ Choice Awards, and a number of audience choice awards at various festivals.
Think Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible II, but for real. Is this man heroic? Or is he crazy? You decide. Session details for Great Lakes Cinema 3 on page 3.