While most of us have enjoyed watching Friends as teenagers and even adults, the first announcement of the Friends Reunion brought along great uncertainty and anticipation over the concept of this particular show. The innumerable rumors and the unapologetic media did not leave a stone unturned to discuss every possible concept of the Reunion. The miserable fans were left to themselves, debating their minds off on how the six lead characters of the show would be portrayed!
Well, now that we all have already watched the show and cried our hearts out in bits and pieces, let us say that this was the best way to give the characters of Friends (and their lives) a beautiful closure. While we would have loved some more drama, a little sparkle of quirky romances and petty fights, bringing the cast together and reliving the golden moments from the past might have just been everything the audience wanted.
The Reunion starts with the six of them, Courtney Cox, Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, Mathew Perry, Matt LeBlanc, and David Schwimmer meeting on the sets of Monica and Joey’s apartment. Not only does the viewer cherish the different (otherwise not seen) camera angles in this part, but also reminisces over the furniture and the accessories that were a part of the hundreds of episodes in the show. You can often hear one of the actors exclaiming how small the place seems to them now. Since the first part is filled with hugs and kisses, you already start feeling the warmth of the show and the people therein.
Next up, James Corden enters the spotlight calling all the six of them to the famous Fountain set featured in the theme song. His spontaneity and humor do work wonders as it helps the whole show flow quickly from one scene to another. The actors end up discussing their lives during those days, the unspoken crushes, the embarrassing moments from the shoot at the sets. As the show progresses, a couple of cameo appearances by some of the most beloved characters of Friends, Janice and Richard, make the show feel grander and more wholesome.
The show is concluded with a stellar ramp shown by one of Hollywood’s finest. We see Cara Delevigne, Cindy Crawford, and Justin Beiber stealthily walking in one of the most famous costumes worn by the characters, adding their zing to the apparel as the audience and the cast cheer on. It is a sight to watch as you feel emotions surge. There is excitement at the Reunion, but at the same time, a hint of sadness creeps in as you realize how time changes everything. Something as affable and relevant as Friends has come to a gradual end. The fact that the characters in the show have grown older and are not the same, the thought in itself, is hard-hitting. You will find yourself picking up the pieces of a show you adore, at the same time coming to terms with the fact that it was just a show, and it had to move on.