We watched this tonight too. What an extraordinary film, and a wonderful counterpart to The Dawn Wall, which we caught a couple of weeks ago. I think the most remarkable aspect is that while I was watching TDW, and expecting to see FS in the near future, I was sort of thinking about how Honnold's achievement was undoubtedly incredible but that, surely, the climbing itself couldn't possibly compare with what Caldwell and Jorgeson spent multiple weeks trying and failing on. And then I watched it, and discovered that while there might be a small technical distinction between the two - or perhaps, the sheer number of extreme difficulty pitches was higher in TDW - that it really was, to my uneducated eye, really much the same, except without ropes or rest or a partner or any rational hope of survival.
I mean, he's not only done something that no one else has ever done, he's done something that quite probably no one else on the planet right now could or would do, and it's entirely likely that it's something that no one else will ever do. I was glad that I watched his TED talk (linked somewhere upthread I think?) beforehand because it provided a really nice primer for his mentality and perfectionism. He clearly has no interest in dying, but he fully accepts the possibility of it. He was happy for a documentary to be made of what he was doing, but it was really just a fringe benefit and the entire enterprise and literal years of practice and preparation were, at their core, to ensure that his experience was the perfect high that he sought, and that his life had been working towards. I wonder if now, finally, he's satisfied.