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‘We Are Freestyle Love Supreme’ Shares the Beginnings of a Phenomenon: Movie Review

‘We Are Freestyle Love Supreme’ Shares the Beginnings of a Phenomenon: Movie Review

  • 'We Are Freestyle Love Supreme' is a heartwarming documentary that gives viewers a look at life before 'Hamilton.'
'We Are Freestyle Love Supreme' Shares the Beginnings of a Phenomenon: Movie Review

With Hamilton getting a resurgence of popularity due to the release of the live performance on Disney+, We Are Freestyle Love Supreme released on Hulu telling the story of what happened before the phenomenon changed the world.

Freestyle Love Supreme is a freestyle hip-hop troupe by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Thomas Kail, Christopher Jackson, and Anthony Veneziale. Andrew Fried began chronicling the group in the summer of 2005, documenting the early days of Freestyle Love Supreme beatboxing and rapping on the sidewalks—unaware of how their story would unfold.

At its core, We Are Freestyle Love Supreme is a story of friends coming together to create art. Many of the performers came together solely for the craft and having fun with their friends. We see the group start at a small bookstore and gaining steam slowly to cutting forward to their run on Broadway. It also becomes an accidental story of how Hamilton came to be. The documentary shows many of those who end up in Hamilton make appearances in the troupe.

We Are Freestyle Love Supreme felt genuine. The clips of the group in their element before people knew their names highlighted their passion to perform. But they also don’t hold back on the truth of their journeys. Thomas and Anthony speak honestly about their crumbling friendship which is heart-wrecking to watch. Utkarsh Ambudkar speaks about his previous struggles and how getting cut from Hamilton helped him get sober.

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The documentary feels almost like a love letter to a city and a group of friends who were trying to make it. It’s a home video that gives us a peek into the lives of the troupe before they became household names. While Hamilton fans will flock to it to learn more about the musical, We Are Freestyle Love Supreme is an inspirational watch that shows that the smallest beginnings can turn into something big.

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