Year released: 2018
Director: Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin
Producer: Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin, Shannon Dill and Evan Hayes
Production company: National Geographic Documentary Films
Award highlights: Academy Awards (winner/Best Documentary Feature), BAFTA Awards (winner/Best Documentary), Toronto International Film Festival (winner/People’s Choice Documentary)
What viewers think: "Reading about the soloing of El Cap in the summer of 2017, I was riveted. The film is just as, if not more, powerful than the best articles at the time. Alex Honnold is, well, a bit of a weirdo, but I would not expect less from someone who has achieved something no other human being has. As he says at one point in the movie, 'No one who is comfortable and cozy has ever achieved anything great.' " — mtlott, IMDb
Bottom line: Alex Honnold wanted to become the first person to free solo climb Yosemite National Park’s El Capitan — a sport where the climber uses no ropes, harnesses or other protective equipment.
The fascinating part begins when we start to explore Honnold’s psyche. Why would he attempt a climb where one mistake results in death?