Holy cow – this movie was good.
I took my son to this documentary about Alex Hannold, the 33-year-old rock climber who attempts free soloing (climbing with no ropes, no safety harness, no nothing!) El Capitan in Yosemite. Have you seen it?
It is the very best kind of movie – one that leaves you inspired and wanting to do more with your life (this coming from someone who can’t make it to the top of the wall at the local rock climbing gym.)
The thing that I loved most about it was Alex’s utter dedication and commitment to his goal. I left the theater feeling energized It made me want to work harder at my goals – and definitely made me want to hit the gym (those abs!).
I hope 10-year-old Jack got something similar? Hard to tell. These days I get a lot of shrugs and one word answers. How was your day? Good. How is that book? Good. Did you like the movie? It was good.
I feel like I have been giving Jack the same parenting talk for months now – if you want A’s, you need to put the effort in and study. If you want to be good at basketball – you need to practice every day. Talent only takes you so far – you have to work hard. This movie did a much better job at driving this point home than I normally do.
I’m trying to brainstorm some good middle grade books in this same adventure/grit/commitment genre. Boys in the Boat? Hatchet? Banner in the Sky? I would love to hear your suggestions.
P. S. – If you are in Nashville, Free Solo is at the Belcourt all week.
P.P.S. – I was chatting with a friend about the movie, and she said this Nat Geo documentary about a high school science fair was terrific too. It’s on my to-see list!