‘WeCrashed’ features dynamic performances from Leto, Hathaway

I contend that I’m not a television junkie. I do watch some shows from time to time. When I use this column space to recommend a television show, you know it has to be a good one.

So far, I have reviewed “Breaking Bad” and “Bloodline” in this space. This week, I am throwing out another television show for you to consider. The show is called “WeCrashed,” available on AppleTV.

“WeCrashed” is the story of Adam Neumann (Jared Leto), his wife Rebekah Paltrow Neumann (Anne Hathaway) and their billion-dollar company that sold work space as a service. Sounds boring, right? Well, it is anything but. “WeCrashed” features great performances from both Leto and Hathaway, witty writing and excellent direction. Leto and Hathaway are at their best in “WeCrashed” and it’s hard to imagine anyone else in the lead roles.

Adam and Rebekah Neumann wanted their business WeWork to “elevate the world’s consciousness,” whatever that means. Simply put, Adam and Rebekah are a couple of con artists who fake their way to the top of the corporate world. The plot of “WeCrashed” is based on the real life story of a CEO (Adam) and his wife, the company’s “chief branding officer” (Rebekah). When we are first introduced to them, Adam doesn’t have a pot to pee in or a window to throw it out of. He’s drawn to Rebekah, who was born with a silver spoon in her mouth and lives in the shadow of her movie star relative. Yes, that Gwyneth Paltrow. We hear her name throughout “WeCrashed,” though she is never seen nor heard from.

The Neumanns’ rise is somewhat hard to believe. Here are two people who became so rich together by selling space to the millennial worker bees that they didn’t have to make sense. And Adam knew that when you can get people to believe in your business, they’ll do anything. They’ll either bust their butt for you so that you can keep partying, or they’ll bet on you with millions and billions.

Truth be told, WeWork looks like a really cool place to work. Offices have bars, ping pong tables and no dress codes. In fact, Adam walks around in his bare feet most of the time. They even do the “Harlem Shake” in the middle of the workday. Remember that stupid trend?

The writers of “WeCrashed” do a nice job navigating the storyline. By focusing on Adam and Rebekah’s loving yet odd relationship, it avoids boring us with board meetings and finance. We understand that they are raking in millions, we just don’t understand why. Simply put, they are the best snake-oil salesmen we have ever seen. Well, maybe not as much as one guy we all know.

Leto is mesmerizing. We totally buy him as Adam. As he convinces banks, millionaires and billionaires to hand him blank checks, we watch in amazement. If you watch some YouTube clips of the real Adam Neumann, you’ll see that Leto’s wacky voice is spot on. Meanwhile, Hathaway is wickedly good in her part as Rebekah. She longs for the spotlight, only to find herself in the shadows of Adam. Funny how life works, isn’t it?

There are plenty of strong supporting characters in “WeCrashed,” including Kyle Marvin as Adam’s right-hand man, Miguel and Anthony Edwards as financier Bruce Dunlevie, who eventually has to pull the plug on WeWork.

“WeCrashed” is similar to other series we’ve seen recently, including “Inventing Anna” and “The Dropout.” Those series also featured real life con artists who were able to become rich simply by duping people. For my money, though, “WeCrashed” is the best of the bunch.

It’s so good, I didn’t want the series to end. Perhaps a “WeCrashed2,” AppleTV?

“WeCrashed” is not rated, but features adult themes, adult language and drug use. It is available on AppleTV.

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Chris Morelli is the news editor of The Express.


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