In case it wasn’t already abundantly clear from Hulu’s drop out and showtime Super Pump: The Battle for UberApple TV Plus’ we crash It’s an unmistakable reminder of Hollywood’s current obsession with turning relatively recent news cycles focused on disgraced tech founders into ludicrous prestige dramas. we crash There is enough similarity with its peers that you can easily recognize a nascent formula that the industry is associating with these adaptations. But the new show manages to bring something different to the table with a set of performances that are as compelling to watch as they are unforgivable, given that we crash about and who is painting them.
Based on the Wonderful podcast of the same name, we crash Co-creators Lee Eisenberg and Drew Cravello narrate the story of how Adam Newman (Jared Leto) went from selling mis-fitting children’s clothing to creating one of the world’s largest coworking companies and eventually leaving the organization in just a few years. It’s a story of being thrown out. The real Newman is enough of a self-elevating character that it’s easy to imagine versions of the series that focus entirely on him. but we crash Knows the stories of Newman’s wife Rebekah (Anne Hathaway) and her co-founder Miguel McKelvey (Kyle Marvin) on the origins of WeWork, its culture, and how a real estate startup managed to convince everyone to see it as one doing. Tech company investing millions of dollars.
Because there are always people who are not necessarily following the news at the time, we crash The story of WeWork moved forward by jumping between key points in the company’s history, beginning in 2019 – the year WeWork’s board of directors moved to remove Newman as CEO. we crash Newman was first introduced at a time when his reputation as a compelling speaker and determined entrepreneur was severely damaged by widespread reports of things like WeWork’s reckless spending, a sexist workplace culture, and a growing plethora of lawsuits. Even though the writing was very much on the wall for Newman by 2019, we crash Shows you how confident he was still in the belief that he would lead WeWork to a successful IPO because that kind of unwavering belief appears to be one of his guiding principles as a founder.
Most of Newman’s classmates at Baruch College can’t help but laugh at that confidence when they hear him pitch in a year ago. we crashThere are many flashbacks. But this is precisely what draws McKelvie into his orbit and convinces him to join another coworking venture that will serve as a precursor to WeWork. Whereas we crash Usually presents its story in a way that is informative to those coming to the WeWork saga, Eisenberg and Cravello’s scripts focus on Newman’s interactions with those closest to him to set up the idea. that his success in business was a result of his desire to take advantage of people.
we crashThe fever-filled all-nighter McKelvey was single-handedly pulled over the montage of K, leading to the creation of GreenDesk, a part of the current set of founding shows. Here, however, the sequence also serves as one of many examples of Newman’s desire to take credit for the work of others and how those around Newman often felt unable to speak for themselves.
In comparison to Marvin’s McKelvey, who often feels like he’s comfortable playing second fiddle to Leto’s cartoonist, but isn’t mistaken, Newman cast Hathaway as Rebekah Newman (née Paltrow of Those Paltrow). Enter as a knowledgeable presence, who may soon recognize her, as the husband’s insatiable appetite for business is a red flag. Rebekah has some understanding of the emotional void that exists within Adam because it is something she herself has struggled with, and we crash frames them as a couple bound together by a shared attraction and a marked undercurrent of madness that has transformed over time.
we crash Doesn’t really deploy many tricks to distract you from the fact that, structurally, it’s no different from other shows about founders. This is both because the only viable reinvention of the wheel is when it comes to adapting real-world events to entertainment, and because the stories of many unicorn companies share some details, such as founding investors to secure funds. Over-promising.
What we crash Going for it — and the show cleverly leans to differentiate itself — is the fact that the two real people its central characters are based on, known for being eccentric in such a way that both Hathaway and Leto have fun. For with are more than below.
may be tempting to explain we crashNewman as Jared Leto, his performance in the name of the art being Jared Leto Is Legitimately impressive when you actually compare it to any of Newman’s many clips that can be found online. The same is true of Hathaway’s Rebekah, who goes through several unsatisfactory and unsuccessful lives as a stock trader, yoga instructor, and actress, all while remaining in the shadow of her more successful cousin. Although Hathaway’s vocal imitation and companionship as Newman are what immediately stand out, which makes her performance one of those we crashIts bright spot is how its strangeness conveys an emotional turmoil that Rebekah herself cannot express directly.
we crash Not a comedy, but the show has a comedic quality, even in some of its most serious moments, because of how many people involved in the WeWork story behaved in utterly ridiculous ways. Throughout the show, the truth about what WeWork is — a company that subleasing office space — repeatedly pierces the thick, opaque bubble of Newman projects with distorted reality, and it will leave you wondering what, exactly. Why were these people assigned so much money to run fundamentally non-innovative businesses. we crash The coworker doesn’t exactly go as far to ridicule the industry, rather the show wants you to think about how these types of companies come into being and what types of people are allowed to be their managers.
we crash It also stars America Ferreira, Steven Boyer, OT Fagbenle, Shanti Ashanti, Yui-Sung Kim and Cricket Brown. The first three episodes of the show are now streaming on Apple TV Plus.