I absolutely loved it. It was gloriously, shamelessly British - funny & creative & moving. I loved the fact that there were so many references that would be lost on an international audience (like having thre Shipping Forecast playing at the start). And I loved that it just try to present the sort of fake image of Britain that a political party would have done - it was surprisingly edgy, with things like having both the Queen (amusingly introduced) and the Sex Pistol’s Anarchy in the UK. And political too - not shying away from the darker side of the Industrial Revolution, or celebrating the NHS (which I couldn’t help but think was a little dig at the American Republican party, and also against the government’s cuts).
Getting a film direcor like Boyle to do it was inspired - his use of imagery and music to tell a story or create meaning was fantastic. And there were so many nice touches, like the stadium builders lining the tunnel when the torch came into the stadium, and then obviously the symbolism of the lighting of the cauldron. And, living in Sheffield, it was nice to see the Arctic Monkeys do their bit. The only sour note for me was Paul McCartney’s bit.
There’s someone who I have my Tysabri with who was there - her ticket cost £1,000, so must have been some good seats, I’m looking forward to hearing about it from her.
Feeling very proud (and amused).
Thank you he_funk for putting yesterday’s ceremony into words… ((including referring to the Queen jumping from the plane, was not really her was it…? :), and kindly but carefully telling/ asking PmcC to finally throw in the towel…)).
I have always loved British humor!, ‘Are You Being served’, ‘Allo Allo’, ‘Keeping Up Appearances’ and ‘Dad’s Army’ and of course ‘Mr Bean’ used to be my favourite programmes while growing up in Holland!
Yes, a brilliant performance also taking into account the number of people involved! (and thank God that rain was not a ‘killjoy’! -is this the right word?-)