Do you have vertigo? No? Good. Then you’re in for an amazing, exhilarating documentary. Alex Honnold is a professional climber who likes to move on up “free solo” — i.e., he doesn’t use a harness or rope. His version of Everest is the granite face of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. For the main event, he attempts to scale all 3,000 vertical feet of it, knowing that one misstep will seal his fate. There wouldn’t be a movie if he failed, but that doesn’t make his try any less of a, er, cliff-hanger.
Honnold, 33, is the first person to complete the climb alone and with no rope.