I saw Free Solo last night. I read through the comments this morning.
Here’s my thoughts and opinion on Jimmy Chin’s Free Solo movie.
I really loved it and here’s why, Jimmy was able to tell a meaningful story and personally I relate to it so much. No I’m not a free soloist, but I am a climber. I relate because I am partner to a hardcore climber/alpinist and we have had similar conversations to that of Alex and Sunni.
I saw the film with my partner and we discussed about it after. Alex is definitely a unique person, maybe even an outlier, but I don’t think anything is mentally wrong. His MRI showing an amygdala that needs more stimulation to activate, I think this makes sense taking into account how long Honnold has been taking risks and pushing his limits.
At first I saw his girlfriend as unnecessary, maybe Jimmy intended that feeling. I would think maybe some climbers see her not as girlfriend material for such a high status climber as Alex. Even showing her drop him made me feel uncomfortable and doubt their relationship. That changed in the movie that moment when Alex talked about potentially not telling Sunni when he was going to free solo Freerider. I suddenly saw her as very human and someone who has a right to know Honnold’s plans.
Probably the most poignant scene for r me was after Alex told Sunni he was going to attempt the first time and it then it shows her cutting his hair. There is so much feeling, and I saw it like Sunni is so much more than just a girlfriend, she takes care of Alex.
As for the climbing my palms sweat and heart rate rose watching every free solo scene. Got me pumped for future objectives in climbing.
Overall loved the movie and would recommend it to climbers and non climbers alike.
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