Saturday, July 28, 2012

//NEWS SPCL: London 2012 Opening Ceremony: Did it beat Beijing?

Well, if you follow the Olympics, you'd know that today was the opening ceremony for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

A lot of people, including me, were looking forward to the opening ceremony. I was interested to see if London could out-do Beijing in their opening ceremony. Granted they had a much lower budget than China did (A few billions to say the least), so they needed to use this budget and still manage to wow the world.

So was I wow'd by the ceremony? If by wow'd you mean did I feel the entire thing was thoughtout and planned during an acid trip, then yes, I was wow'd.

I mean the whole thing was just confusing as fuck and there was no smooth transition between the events. It was too abstract, weird and it just did not mesh well together. Don't get me wrong, there were some cool parts in it, but the whole thing overall was just..fucking weird. 

**Please note that the events listed below are not in order, it's just what I reconstructed from memory**

I mean you go from a farm land thing to an industrial revolution (which I must admit, was pretty cool), to the Queen pulling off a James Bond Stunt, to some weird ass shit about kids and hospitals, to Beckham driving a speed boat with the Olympic Torch, to some weird teenage social media party thing to just a bunch of teenagers dancing to The Beatles. At this point the only thing my mind is thinking is "WTF is going on."

Then you have Mr Bean, and some weird ass creatures running around, and Mary Poppins and then all of the sudden there's music and then two teenagers kissing each other's face off and J.K Rowling is saying some stuff and then there's some weird ass dance with a kid and his dad? and a bunch of other weird shit that my mind can't really process.

There's also this kid that's playing with what seems to be a Nintendo DS sitting outside the front porch of a house that's filled with teenage girls.

I think it's pretty fitting that they chose to play the Sex Pistols during that music part just to show how fucking awful the whole thing was. Just kidding, it wasn't that bad (but the Sex Pistols are).

Don't get me wrong, I completely appreciate what they did. It takes a lot of effort and dedication to organize an put together the entire thing. And I'm pretty sure the people who took part in it put a lot of work and practised a lot so they don't fuck up and stuff. But the whole thing wasn't thought out well enough and it could've been a lot better in my opinion.

On the plus side, I like the fact that they weren't trying to beat Beijing. They were just like "Look bros, what you did in China was pretty fucking awesome, but we're just gonna do our own thing." I really wanted to like it, and I did like parts of the ceremony, but like I stated before the whole thing was just a cluster fuck of things that keep banging each other and making more cluster fucks that just makes you like "????" towards the end.

So, did they beat Beijing?

I don't think they even came close to beating Beijing. Maybe one of the reasons that I didn't like the ceremony  as much was because Beijing set the bar too high or something. I don't know. This is just my take on it. And if you disagree, well, go drown yourself.

My final verdict:

I'm going to give them credit, they did try to show the history of Great Britain through the opening ceremony, and I think people were able to realize that. It was a pretty enjoyable ceremony for the most part, but it did feel like a drag the more it went on. Even the Queen was bored like, halfway through it. The whole thing was just kinda sloppy and all over the place.

Sorry Britain, maybe next time. 

Britain: Just another marketing term for England.

In case you missed it, here's the Beijing one: