Well, that seemed to go quite well.
Here’s what the world’s press said in the wake of the Olympic Opening Ceremony…
Describing the ceremony as “whimsical” the LA Times noted:
“The ceremony could not have been more of a contrast from Beijing's four years ago, replacing Chinese militaristic precision with British fancifulness. Hospital beds for a scene honoring the National Health Service were rolling onto the stage while a children's choir sang the British national anthem, ‘God Save the Queen.”
Die Welt praised the “inspired music”, The Sydney Morning Herald said that Danny Boyle’s show, “Did not take itself too seriously, but was never trivial,
while The Washington Post proclaimed our self-effacing qualities:
“The message from Britain resonated loud and clear: We may not always be your cup of tea, but you know — and so often love — our culture nonetheless.”
The New York Times was of the opinion that:
“The opening ceremony of the London Olympics on Friday was a tableau of national pride that studiously avoided bathos and easy excesses of patriotism.”
This from The Hollywood Reporter:
“The key note of any Olympics opener is a celebratory one, but Boyle injected playful irreverence, unexpected humor and even darkness. From the puffy fake clouds suspended over the arena, acknowledging the U.K.’s infamy as lousy-weather capital of the planet, to the mischievous inclusion of the Sex Pistols’ doing “God Save the Queen” in the filmed intro, whimsy played more of a part in the proceedings than solemn sense of occasion.”
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