Free Solo

Movie review by Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 11+

Imperfect documentary has awe-inspiring conclusion.

PG-13 2018 100 minutes

Parents say

age 10+

Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 5 reviews

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age 10+

Inside the head of a climbing wizard

Great documentary. After watching it you'll know more about climbing, free soloing, perseverance , hard work and solid friendships. Alex Honnold is a great role model who loves nature and dedicates his life to his sport. He gives 30% of his income back to his foundation which brings solar energy to all. His El Capitan free solo climb is breathtaking and terrifying, but he is so well prepared, it's amazing to watch. This young man is humble and simple, very articulate and extremely focused. There's some real strange reviews on CSM...he might not be religious but sure has more values and honesty and a healthier lifestyle than most of humans I know, including me.

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age 7+

Best movie for setting a goal, doing the work and achieving that goal!

I understand the reviewers can't get past the "he might fall" part. But, as in life, if you don't put in the work, you could fail - or die. Take getting your driver's license - if you don't put in the practice really bad things can happen. This movie shows 8 years of preparation, determination, failure and eventually success - something I think we see far too little of in an instant gratification society. Alex feels like an outsider, something I think many kids also feel, and shows he can find his place in the world and do great things. It highlights his foundation - giving back, and his attempts at a sustainable (not throwaway) lifestyle. It shows courage and determination and success. I love this movie.

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