Robert’s Reviews: Free Solo

Hello Clever People! Welcome to my review for the Oscar nominated documentary Free Solo. This film follows the story of Alex Honnold, a man who took on the challenge for free climbing the El Capitan. Click the video below to watch the review!

Robert Burke
Robert Burke is a 16-year-old film critic currently attending Shasta High School. His love for film started when he was very young, and grows as he learns more and more about it. Robert expresses his love for film through reviews, which can be found on this website every Saturday. Film is not his only passion, as he also loves to act in local productions with Cascade Theater, Shasta College and Riverfront Playhouse. He currently lives in Redding, CA, and hopes to one day be a film director. To view all of Robert’s reviews go to
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8 Responses

  1. Thank you, Robert. Well done review, as always.

    (Readers, join me in wishing Robert congratulations for two milestones this week: This is his 2-year anniversary with ANC, and he celebrated his 16th birthday. )

    Congratulations, Robert! I am so impressed with your talent, tenacity and ability to meet deadlines week after week, despite your packed schedule filled with performances, school, music and family and friends. I’m so glad you’re here, and look forward to each Saturday when I make coffee and listen to your review as I start my weekend.

    And happy birthday! I’m so glad you were born. Confession: Your French teacher – also an ANC subscriber – Madame Bennett, gave us the heads up that she led her French class in “Joyeux Anniversaire” to you, so it was time to change your age in his bio.)

    (Merci, Madame Bennett.)

    xo d

    • T Bennett says:

      de rien..J’ai de la chance d’etre le professeur de Robert depuis 1.5 ans. Il est très amusant et intelligent. And it is super fun to find films he may not have seen already as he is so well informed in the world of cinema.

  2. Beverly Stafford says:

    I’ll prepare for sweating palms and eyes hidden behind those palms when we watch this documentary.

    Thanks, Robert, and Happy Cake-and-Candle Day. Take care on the road with your new driver license while on your way to seeing more films.

  3. Adrienne Jacoby Adrienne Jacoby says:

    ANOTHER EXCELLENT REVIEW . . . . . having serious acrophobia (and it gets worse as you get older, be warned!!!) I doubt that I will be tempted to go see it.
    AND . . . . . AND . . . . . (I’m singing now) HAPPY B-DAY TO YOU, HAPPY B-D . . . . . well, you get the idea!

  4. Joanne Snyder Joanne Snyder says:

    Thanks for the review Robert. I grew up north of Bishop, California…rocking climbing was big…there were a couple of legendary teachers and climbers who lived in that area and taught climbers on the rocks in the Buttermilk area near Bishop. From your review I imagine that the movie captures the culture of rock climbing which is like no other. Thank you and Happy Birthday!

    • Beverly Stafford says:

      Hey, Joanne – my father was raised in Big Pine. We spent many a summer at the Big Pine Resort wielding a trout rod.

  5. Richard Christoph says:

    Great review, Robert. We have watched climbers on El Cap many times from the safety of the valley floor—can’t wait to see the film.

  6. Candace C says:

    Robert, Belated Congrats on your 2nd year ANC anniversary and I hope your birthday was memorable as well as fun!

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