The floor was cool. And the whales swimming by was my favorite part...but the performances sucked. Half the time it was just a bunch of people aimlessly wondering around.
They really needed to do something special to follow up the amazing summer olympic opening ceremony in China a couple years ago...and they didn't.
This one pretty much sucked. It was just boring. I kept waiting for something really cool to happen, and it didn't.
Considering this ceremony cost $38 million compared to $300 million for Beijing I thought it was pretty good. The Chinese set the bar ridiculously high for the opening/closing ceremonies; it was in a league by itself, as it should have been with that budget.
I'm not sure it's fair to judge this one based on that. It's like comparing the Florida Marlins to the New York Yankees.
I'm not saying it had to be as good as China's opening ceremony...that would have taken a half a billion dollars...which would have been stupid, but at least try and do something cool.
The beginning with the native north canadians coming onto the stage was dull. It was like they told them to run out there and do whatever you want. It looked disorganized.
K.D. Lang singing "Hallelujah" wasn't anything special. I've heard much better versions of that song. Rufus Wainright's version is 10x better. So I was like..."Meh".
Most of the time the groups of people on the stage were just aimlessly wandering around, trying to appear in awe of what they were looking at...I dunno...too much artsy and not enough cool.
I thought the guy flying around was going to be cool, but he just kept doing the same thing, over and over and over. Land on a wheat field...then go up...land on a wheat field...then go up...land on a wheat field... enough already. It was cool at first, and they never improved on it and it went on too long.
The guy doing the poetry was pretty good, I have to admit...better than I thought it was going to be.
Nelly Furtado and Bryan Adams kinda bombed.
All in all, pretty boring wit a few things that were interesting. It could have been a lot better. The only time I turned to my wife and said, "Well that's cool." was when the whales were swimming across the floor or the arena and the steam shot up like it was from their blowholes. That was a really cool effect.