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14th Apr 2024

Viewers left ‘on the verge of a stress attack’ after watching ‘crazy’ climbing documentary

Simon Kelly

It has an incredibly strong 98% score on Rotten Tomatoes.

The 2018 doc follows professional rock climber Alex Honnold as he attempts to become the first person to ever climb El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, without any ropes.

The kilometre high rock wall in the American National Park is one of the most famous climbing spots in the world, and before Honnold’s attempt, had never been free-soloed in the history of rock climbing.

Honnold dedicated two years of training and the white-knuckle ride of Free Solo takes us all the way with him as he begins his treacherous and very much life-threatening attempt to the summit.

Free Solo won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature and it’s clear to see why as those who have seen the film can attest to its incredible cinematography and deeply personal story of human achievement and the things people sacrifice in order to be the best.

The viewers are taken on a journey of multiple delays, injuries and setbacks, all culminating in the final heart-pounding attempt. It’s a hugely thrilling film that will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout.

Viewers have reacted to the documentary on social media.

“There is no other movie that makes me physically react in fear/stress that isn’t at all like a horror movie,” one person wrote. “11/10 if you have never seen Free Solo, go watch it on Disney+ like aaaaaaaaah.”

A second put: “I watched the documentary Free Solo on Disney + a couple days ago and I can’t stop thinking about it. One of my new favourites.”

While a third said: “Just finished watching Free Solo on Disney+/National Geographic and it’s one of the most incredible things I’ve ever watched. I’m laid on top of my bed SWEATING after watching him climb El Capitan with no ropes. Wow.”

You can watch Free Solo on BBC iPlayer, or catch it on Disney+.

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