Saturday, July 28, 2012

Olympic Opening Ceremonies - mixed reviews

So, did you watch the opening ceremonies of the Olympics last night? We had some friends over for fish n'chips (which we ended up buying 'cause I wasn't going to fry THAT much fish!). I think we enjoyed each other's company more than the ceremonies themselves.

Here's what we liked.

The Queen is a Bond girl! Who knew? Although she didn't look very happy when she walked in, we certainly enjoyed her skydiving with Daniel Craig. Best royal entrance ever.

Chariots of Fire - Mr. Bean playing the keyboard with an umbrella was hysterical. And then his participation in the beach running - I had tears of laughter running down my face.

The scenery change - We thought it was clever to have the industrial revolution workers tear down the agrarian sets from the previous scene. And the smokestacks emerging from the stadium floor was pretty impressive.

The cauldron - Each country bringing a "petal" was unique. We were impressed with the whole thing, though in past Olympics the cauldron is highly visible. It seemed to us that unless you were actually in the stadium, you wouldn't be able to see it.

And what we didn't like:

The commercial for National Health Care. The whole hospital scene was a little screwy to us. What were those creepy black things hopping from bed to bed? I hope none of those kids who participated had nightmares after that! But we all felt they were trying to get a political message across about national health care and how wonderful it is. Just didn't like it.

The technology bit was hard to follow. We thought it was awesome that the director wanted to celebrate technology, but the inclusion of all the music and dancing didn't make sense to us. It was like they threw it all together just to get some British music in there. And how did the guy who found the girl's phone call her if he had her phone?

The IOC's decision not to commemorate the Israeli athletes killed in 1972. The IOC claims to be neutral, but not having a moment of silence in honor of those who were murdered by terrorists in Munich was a bad move. We all agreed that had it been any other country's athletes, there would have been a mention of it. We were glad to hear Bob Costas make note of it, though.

All the commercials! Why? I understand the network's need to make money, but the ceremonies were long enough as it was! Then we had to play "catch up" every time they cut back to the ceremonies. Didn't like it.

So, what did you think of the opening ceremonies?

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