Check: Packing in ten glorious years of a show that made the world a better place can be quite overwhelming. In less than two hours, how do you do justice to the most anticipated reunions of all time? What does it include and leave behind, and more importantly, what can you tell your audience that they don’t already know? Well, it turns out quite a lot.
Friends: The Reunion has a lot of what its fans were waiting for, but not everything. What we return to is the carefully and meticulously recreated set, just as they left it, 17 years ago. The world-famous orange sofa in Central Perk, Monica’s cozy living room, the sturdy foosball table, and the relaxing Rosita recliner by Chandler and Joey, it’s all there.
As the cast enters one by one on stage 24 in Burbank, California, the girls seem more friends with each other than the boys and it’s obvious. Matthew Perry is surprisingly the quietest, a far cry from the boisterous, fun, and sassy Chandler. There are times when we see glimpses of that, but the rest of the cast fits it right away, taking us along, sharing moments and memories from the sets.
There are quite a few crashed surprises along the way and new trivia is organically revealed as the special goes beyond the six ‘FRIENDS’. And whether they are regular fans, stars, star-makers, or co-stars, the one thing in common between all of them is that they are all fans of ‘FRIENDS’.
Directed by ‘The Late Late Show with James Corden’ producer and hosted by fan James Cordon, this unique special is packed with thrills rather than comedy, with the cast running for handkerchiefs the moment they reunite. We recommend a box on hand, as there are some really soft and heartwarming moments on and off the set that can leave you with tears in your eyes. Just like on the show, the best parts of the reunion are when the six of them are together. Plus, the signature events from the show’s inception to its decade-long run are equally enjoyable, as narrated by its creators Marta Kauffman, David Crane and Kevin Bright.
Friends: The Reunion sure doesn’t have the timeless quality of the show itself, but for a one-of-a-kind concert, it packs a punch for its fans and leaves them wanting more. It seems both scripted and unscripted, but still entertaining. Quite simply because of its star-studded cast, whose reunion after 17 long years doesn’t seem like they were on hiatus.