Andrea’s film review – Friends The Reunion

Friends – The Reunion ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Review by Andrea Carnevali

An unscripted Friends reunion special made in 2021. Available to watch on Sky or Now TV.

If you’re reading this, it’s most likely that Friends holds a special place in your life and your heart just as much as it does in mine. I’ve re-watched this, after I finished watching all the episodes from the ten seasons in the actual series, all over again.

READ ALSO: Andrea’s film review – Friends (seasons 1-10)

I still remember the first time I became aware of the series: I was actually in New York working as the 1st AD on friend’s feature film. It was obviously low budget, guerrilla style film-making and we were all constantly exhausted working flat-out day and night, but and we used to huddle up at night every week in a sort of ritual and watch the latest episode.

My English at the time was still pretty poor and I remember the frustration of missing so many of the jokes. And then back in London living with some of the best people I’ve ever shared a house with: our relationship, our camaraderie, our bond so strong that it almost seemed an extension of what was on the screen.

So watching this special reunion tonight was more than just an excuse to revisit one of the warmest and funniest sit-coms ever made, but was also a bit of a journey back to a time when all I wanted was to be able to make a film or two and be happy, stay close to my family, my friends and fall in love, just like those people on the TV screen.

This “special” plays a lot on the idea of nostalgia, in fact it’s a real Tear-Jerker with not one but two capital letters!

There are some lovely moments here and there, mainly when the main six  actors are allowed to be themselves, as candidly as possible, visibly emotional as they step back onto the set and re-stage and read some of the scenes from the series.

Not everything is great, but even the annoying little bits away from our six  stars are done with respect and huge fondness towards the series.

I have to be honest, I could have watched this for hours and hours and never been bored.

Beyond the painful realisation that some of those people have aged not too well and that time moves on for everyone, it’s also a poignant reminder of easier times. Times with fewer responsibilities and many dreams.

All I can say is that there’s nothing like Friends, both the TV series… and the real ones.

Andrea Carnevali is a Bafta winning film maker who lives in Chiswick.

Friends – The Reunion is available to watch on Sky or Now TV.

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