^^ I'm very
surprised at all the above. I thought the ceremony would've had overwhelming support on here.
I actually thought the ceremony was alright. But I did feel there was a strong multi-cultural bias. My folks not so much, they thought it was rather overblown. But then again, aren't all opening ceremonies overblown?? Bit like watching a musical - you're either riveted to your seat for the 3 - 4 hours, or yawning and looking at your watch.
Thinking about it, you can't really criticise the ceremony itself for being 'too long'. The performances only took 1¼ hours (although there were odd reprises) until the set-pieces began (march of the athletes, arrival of the flame etc.). To make it shorter, something would have to give.
Dad said he thought (he couldn't remember) there was no opening ceremony (of this sort) at the Rome, or Tokyo Olympics. Makes you wonder - what's more important - the march of the athletes, or the performances?? You could hive the performances off into a concert, maybe??
Or do they draw the tv audiences in?? I've never watched an opening ceremony before, this was my first one. This post has been edited by jumbler: Jul 29 2012, 15:05