MUN Cinema Series: Free Solo
Thursday, Dec. 6, 7-8:40 p.m.
Cineplex Scotiabank Theatre, Avalon Mall
Free Solo (USA 2018) 100 min. Directed by Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi. With Tommy Caldwell, Jimmy Chin, Alex Honnold, Sanni McCandless et al. Why not end our fall season with this exciting adventure for armchair thrill-seekers? Free Solo is hugely popular not only for its subject but also because of the amazing heights the filmmakers went through to cover it. Not surprisingly, the filmmaker is also more or less the subject. Alex Holland is a well-known climber who scales frighteningly steep rock faces without anything more than his hands and feet. It’s a pretty rare bird who would even think about climbing at all, let alone one who would enable the shooting of it. The film opens us up to his eccentricities. Turns out there’s a physiological explanation—at least in part—for what drives Alex to do what he does. The climber shows us what motivated him in the first place, and how the journey to this actual climb and the filming of it transpired. It’s not for the vertigo-challenged, but then consider you’ll have your feet firmly planted on the theatre floor and won’t have to worry about a thing. Sit back and root for Alex.
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