Did you check out the Olympic Opening Ceremony a few days ago? Pretty grand, right? I didn’t get through all three and a half hours, but I watched most of it. I know putting on a show of that magnitude cannot be easy. I thought parts were spectacular and other parts needed help.
I appreciated the salute to England’s history. Did you know England used to resemble The Shire? But then it got all fiery like Mordor? Yes, I can turn anything into Lord of the Rings.
It was pretty fascinating but went on a really long time. Mr. Betty and I watched it in a soccer bar and I can tell you most people tuned out after a while. But once scenery changed, the crowd perked up. A few moments that brought big cheers:
While Mr. Bean is not my thing, I loved the humor he brought to the show. It wouldn’t be British if it wasn’t funny. In fact, one of my complaints is that there could have been a few more nods to humor. Would an Absolutely Fabulous skit or scene from The Office been too out of place? I don’t think so.
If I had directed this show, I would have devoted more time and granduer to Harry Potter, too. I was happy to see J. K. Rowling there, but it wasn’t enough. And I thought it was funny that of all the Harry Potter characters they could have featured, they chose Voldemort. Why not Harry? Or Hagrid? Or Dumbledore? Pretty much anyone who doesn’t embody pure evil would have been okay.
I would have had witches and wizards flying around, an olympic game of Quidditch, a spell or two. I also would have made it a bit more London-y. No red phone booth? No double decker buses? The world expects these images of London.
Perhaps the highlight of the night was the filmed segment of the Queen being escorted to the ceremony by James Bond. Outrageous! She won over a whole new generation by doing that. She is so darling.
My other main issue was with the music segment. What could have been the greatest concert of all time ended up being a cheesy medley with neon-clad dancers. A country that boasts everyone cool in rock and roll could have blown the roof off the mother. How great would it have been to have Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin, The Who, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Elton John and The Beatles together? The titans on one stage performing for the world! Am I the only one who is bored by Sir Paul? Shit, I would have rather seen Adele perform again.
I think we can all agree that the pyrotechnics were everything they should have been and more.
What were your favorite moments of the show?