We Are Freestyle Love Supreme Highlights Early Talent
We Are Freestyle Love Supreme
Directed by Andrew Fried
Written by Brian Anton, Peter Curtis
The main draw to this documentary is to see Lin-Manuel Miranda in 2005, back before he was Lin-Manuel Miranda,* but what ended up hooking me was this story of an improv group doing full shows in hip-hop freestyle rhyme.** It’s fun to see shows from both 2005 and 2019 and to hear the participants talk about how important the group was to their lives. With this many people the narrative spreads thin and it felt like a lot of things got skipped, but overall, this was fascinating to watch.***
The verdict: Good
Cost: Hulu monthly fee ($12.99 in combo with Disney+)
Where watched: at home
*I recognized Miranda, but then the name Thomas Kail sounded familiar. “Wasn’t that the director of Hamilton?” I asked myself. It was. Then someone else looked familiar. “Is that the George Washington guy from Hamilton?” Yes it was Chris Jackson. Matt wandered in and said, “I recognize that Utkarsh guy.” He was the boyfriend in Brittany Runs a Marathon.
**I’m always up for the creativity of improv, this added a new level. Also, as a person who’s knowledge stops with Yo! MTV Raps, I have no idea if “hip-hop freestyle rhyme” was the best way to describe what they do. Am I saying the same thing three times?
***It was good insight into where the torrent of words from Hamilton came from. Stephen Merchant was my stand-in, asking questions of the troupe as to how they manage to think of the rhymes off the top of their head.
- What was your favorite word that was used for freestyle improv?
- Aside from Lin-Manuel Miranda, who do you think has had the most success in the group?
Other reviews of We are Freestyle Love Extreme:
- Lily Janiak, San Francisco Chronicle
- Caroline Siede, AV Club