I really enjoyed the whole atmosphere and pace of the ceremony. I feel that it has its character and charming surprises. I am most fascinated and proud of the volunteers and the scale of community involvement in this ceremony. I would have never thought the NHS would be part of this.
At first, i was feeling rather sceptical how they would pick off where Beijing left it. But my doubts disappeared as i saw the setting, it was already bold and creative. To begin with, the first performance truly inherited the concept of London 2012- which was a sustainable olympic park/setting. It was genius and very ambitious of them to change from the countryside setting into the factory setting. just like how the olympic park/stadiums would change after the games.
To me, Beijing is all about perfection in precision and discipline. You'd probably need to rehearse 18 hours a day for months, or be extremely talented in acrobats to be in the show. However the London 2012 was spectacular because it was more friendly and spontaneous; volunteers beating on pails to look as if they were drums- they just look so much cheerful and warm than stone cold chinese performers.
Put into perspective, London picked up after Berlin in 1948- which was one heck of a monumental Olympics. The same goes for Beijing which was just overwhelming in scale of delivery. But the British ceremony really got me to feel humble, I could relate to every performances, from the Queen to Sir Tim Berners-Lee; nothing in the show was strange or alien to me.
As for all the other symbolic analogy, i really like how simple the cauldron was, Thomas Heatherwick is a genius!!! It is so simple, and it is a little part of every country to make a magnificent whole. (he also designed the british pavilion for shanghai expo- which is an analogy of a seed given to china to grow). and the people whom constructed the olympic park was part of it too- simply amazing!
In my humble opinion, there won't be any other ceremony like the London 2012, only they can pull off something so pop-cultured and hippy yet live up to the spirit of Olympics. Yes it did feel like a gigantic musical/concert, but that is what London is all about- diversity and partying