We crashed starts at the end. As WeWork co-founder Adam Neumann (Jared Leto) is called to an emergency meeting about his company – which was once the third most valuable private company in the world – Neumann and his wife and business partner Rebekah Neumann (Anne Hathaway) walk around with an air of overconfidence, as if they live in a world where their success is assured, even as their business crumbles. This unawareness and avoidance of the workings of the real world is the key to what makes We crashed a hilariously thrilling gritty drama that manages to be both hugely fun and terribly uncomfortable at the same time.
Based on the podcast of the same name, Apple TV+ series We crashed follows Adam Neumann from his beginnings as a “serial entrepreneur,” making baby onesies with knee pads and women’s shoes with removable heels, to the rise and fall of one of the world’s most valuable startups Of the history. Created by Lee Eisenberg and Drew Crevello, We crashed is both a crazy journey filled with delusions of grandeur, but also a love story between Adam and Rebekah, as we follow the tumultuous history of this co-working space company.
To present this personal bubble in which Adam and Rebekah live, We crashed treats this power couple’s ideas as how they see them in their own heads. Every time the Neumanns come up with another crazy idea, the score swells, the joy is palpable, and while the audience can’t believe the ridiculousness they’re hearing, We crashed shows the type of delusion these two live in and how they might believe the craziest ideas are actually great. Not only is the victory of these moments hysterical, but the reality of the situation and the reaction of more balanced individuals only heightens the genius of these scenes.
We crashed basically, it wouldn’t work without two great performances to make us believe the bullshit these two are selling, but Leto and Hathaway are fantastic at balancing extreme conviction and deranged pretentiousness. Leto plays Adam Neumann almost like billionaire Tommy Wiseau, a character with lofty ambitions, and just wants to feel like part of a community. Leto is great at making Adam a likeable character that you want to see succeed. It’s easy to see why WeWork co-founder Miguel McKelvey (Kyle Marvin) would follow him through even the most absurd choices. Adam’s strength lies in his ability to sell people his imagination without restraint, and not just Leto as Adam harnesses the potential of We work seem compelling to other people on the show, but he also makes it seem like even the messier ideas could work, thanks to his presentation of those ideas. While Leto’s addiction to prosthetics seems distracting at first, he quickly loses himself in what could be one of his best roles.
Hathaway is also gorgeous as Rebekah, who has struggled to find her place in the world, still stuck in her cousin Gwyneth Paltrow’s shadow, then struggles to find her place in both WeWork and the her husband’s life. Hathaway absolutely nails the good-natured, ostentatious behavior of Rebekah, the kind of person who believes that declaring WeWork’s goal “to raise the consciousness of the world” actually means more than gibberish. Like Leto with Adam, Hathaway has to walk an incredibly thin line for Rebekah. Much of Rebekah is centered around moan-worthy aspirations and harrowing situations, but her authenticity and hope to make the world a better place, whether through the power of yoga or trying to expand WeWork beyond the world. office space, are admirable, even if misplaced.
The absurdity of We crashed is what makes for some real gritty drama, as we watch this couple and this business fail to the top. Whenever it seems like the problems can’t get any worse, a lifeline arrives at the right time, which only compounds the fundamental problems at the heart of this story. Each episode serves to expand on these characters and this WeWork world in truly fascinating ways. In the show’s third episode, “Summer Camp,” we’re shown how the community party aspect of WeWork affects the individual worker, and how quickly a promising career at this startup can become a burden of exhaustion and frustration. ‘uncertainty. In the fourth episode, aptly titled “4.4,” the weight of WeWork losing millions of dollars a day is pronounced as Adam struggles to maintain his business at all costs, while continually trying to expand the locations and business objectives. We know exactly where We crashed is heading, but the way this journey is explored is thoroughly engrossing.
While We crashed is a love story and drama based on real events, the heart of We crashed is the difficult balance between having confidence in one’s ideas and indulging in delirium. It takes a bold mind to make such grand statements as saying you want to “end loneliness” or “all we wanted to do is save the world”, and Adam and Rebekah truly believe in those. ideas. While it’s easy to laugh at how these two present these concepts, for these two who made the impossible possible, it’s also easy to see why their most ridiculous ideas might seem like a reality. . Corn We crashed also sells its audience on what Adam and Rebekah are selling and themselves. They are sometimes borderline idiots, but we want to encourage these idiots. These aren’t crooks out to cheat to make billions of dollars, they’re two people who made sure that altering the way the world thinks and acts can be irrevocably changed for the better. They believe the world can be changed with the power of Us, and their overconfidence also inspires the public to buy into it.
All along We crashed, Rebekah tells Adam that he is a supernova, a star that makes a difference. What Rebekah fails to mention – or perhaps doesn’t understand – is that a supernova is born from a catastrophic explosion. We crashed is a terrific presentation of this explosion, one of the most enjoyable dramas and hilarious comedies of the year so far, bolstered by two phenomenal performances from Leto and Hathaway. WeWork may not have been the revolution Adam and Rebekah Neumann hoped for, but at least it gave us We crasheda sensational blend of docudrama, heartthrob, comedy and drama that is one of the best miniseries of 2022.
We crashed launches its first three episodes on Apple TV+ on March 18, with subsequent episodes airing every Friday.
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