It's been an incredible year for documentaries. "Three Identical Strangers," "RBG" and "Won't You Be My Neighbor" have broken records at the box-office. However, news has come out that Vasarhelyi and Chin's "Free Solo" just had the strongest opening weekend of any documentary in 2018. This movie has to be seen in a theater, NOT on home video.
From my review on 9.16.18:
"The absorbing lure of the movie, the climactic, terror-provoking Yosemite climb itself, is overwhelming and worth the wait. With Vasarhelyi and Chin’s cameras strategically located to capture everything for maximum harrowing, cinematic effect, once the vertiginous ascension begins, in the last 20 or so minutes of the film, hold on to your seats: “Free Solo” turns out to be one of the most breathlessly thrilling sequences one will ever experience in a theater."