Friends reunion: Critics slam ‘bloated’ HBO special and ‘banal’ James Corden

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Friends reunion brings ‘flashes’ of cast magic, but is ‘blown up’ with ‘tiresome filler’ and ‘banal’ questions from James Corden, critics claim in early TV reviews

  • Entertainment Weekly called Corden’s question ‘banal’
  • Hollywood Reporter noted that Corden could only pull ‘superficial conversations’ out of the cast, resulting in ‘smoothness’ rather than ‘introspection’
  • The Deadline review claimed that only ‘hardcore’ fans would be satisfied with the ‘packed’ special

The highly anticipated Friends reunion was labeled “ bloated ” by critics in early TV reviews and full of “ exhausting filler. ”

And James Corden has been widely panned for his interview with the show’s stars Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, David Schwimmer and Matthew Perry, with one closing his ‘banal’ questions.

In the HBO Max special, which airs May 27, the cast returns to the famous set where they filmed the series for 10 years.

They reportedly received a $ 2.5 million performance fee for the TV special.

'Banal': Critics slammed James Corden's interview with the Friends cast during reunion special, airing on HBO Max on Thursday

‘Banal’: Critics slammed James Corden’s interview with the Friends cast during reunion special, airing on HBO Max on Thursday

Weekly entertainment The review noted that there were ‘flashes of reunion magic’ throughout the show, but added, ‘Unfortunately, the bloated, 104-minute (!) special sandwiches these flashes of reunion magic among a bunch of silly, exhausting fillers.

“Corden’s interview is trite, although he manages to uncover a (clearly pre-vetted) revelation about two of the stars.”

The Hollywood Reporter noted that Corden was only able to pull out ‘superficial conversations’ from the cast, resulting in ‘smoothness’ rather than ‘introspection’.

Deadline claims the reunion will only please ‘hardcore’ fans, noting, ‘If you don’t have a standing order at Central Perk, you’ll probably want to skip the much-hyped, nearly two-hour shindig, which is way more filling than killer, to put it nicely. ‘

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