Standby for the Mary Poppins Drop

Can we just talk about the Opening Ceremonies for a minute? Now, I know that Beijing spoiled us last time with an AMAZING, GORGEOUS show – and of course, we all know that all performers were spot-on because they probably faced flogging or execution or something – but .. Friday night’s ceremonies were just .. weird. I am no anglophile, but .. I am fairly well-read or whatever, and I was just .. it was SO WEIRD.

I likened it to finding one YouTube video that you intentionally wanted to watch and then clicking the top Related Video for the next two-hour wormhole. IT MADE NO SENSE. The giant Voldemort! The big baby head! Kenneth Brannaugh, the tallest hobbit of them all! Cruella DeVille! What in the holy hell, London?

So I was trying to convince a four year old and a twelve year old that No! This is really cool! Just .. hang on, it should get better if only .. no, really, wait just a minute and THANK GOD, Rowan Atkinson was there. Mr. Bean saved the night, in my opinion. And then I hop on Twitter to proclaim that this man might just salvage the ENTIRE Olympics, and I noticed no less than five people remarking on how terrible PeeWee Herman looked at the Olympics.


4 Responses to Standby for the Mary Poppins Drop

  1. A'Dell July 30, 2012 at 2:51 pm #

    Agreeeeeee. I am not a big fan of creative work that is SO CREATIVE it must be explained as it is being performed. It feels really lazy to me.

    The individual elements were simple, but as a complete work it was a giant mess.
    A’Dell wants you to read ..Charlotte At 15 Months: We Call Her “Hammie”

    • Sarah Lena July 30, 2012 at 2:53 pm #

      OMG YES. As we say in theatre, “If you have to explain it, it’s probably bad.”

  2. Michelle Smiles July 30, 2012 at 3:03 pm #

    Yep. No idea. And then someone said that the guy who did it is also the guy who made Trainspotting which scarred me for life and is quite possibly the worst movie ever made. It suddenly made a little more sense. The house with the images projected on it was kind of cool. And Mr. Bean, who I do not think is funny or delightful at all, did seem to save the night. You know it is bad when a character I intensely dislike is the best part.
    Michelle Smiles wants you to read ..Happy 4th birthday Tessa

  3. Jessica July 30, 2012 at 3:58 pm #

    I wasn’t home and we forgot to set the DVR so I guess I am glad I missed it!
    Jessica wants you to read .."Camping"

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