Advantages A wonderful show
Disadvantages It was quite long!
I have waited until the last moment to pen this review. I have been wrestling with different ideas and thinking about what could possibly be my most memorable moment from this wonderful event that takes place every four years. When so many incredible achievements are made and world records are broken, it is hard to choose just one moment. Athletes just seem to be getting better and better as technological advances in equipment and developments in training improve performance. I have been ridiculously excited for this year’s Olympics ever since I heard that London had won the bid in 2005. I love watching the Olympics; I love the sense of national pride as every sporting person from their country come together to be one big team. I awaited the opening ceremony on Friday with bated breath, knowing the whole world was going to be watching. It was an absolutely wonderful, meaningful show. Indeed, it is this opening ceremony that I pronounce as my most memorable Olympic moment.
The highlights are many but my favourites include the industrial revolution. Introducing the industrial revolution was Kenneth Branagh who stood on the hilltop as Isambard Kingdom Brunel. He quoted from The Tempest; obviously in we had to pay homage to Shakespeare and I felt goose bumps it was a really moving moment. All of sudden a chaotic, ferocious dance routine began with people climbing out of the earth The was a wonderful routine that was very well executed and choreographed. The darkness that moved across Britain in this revolutionary times was depicted in a beautiful energetic show with monstrous chimneys rising on the stage, bellowing ash and changing the whole aesthetics of the stage. The dancers showed the disproportionate share of wealth, the terrible conditions and changing face of Britain’s landscapes. I loved the way the dancers lifted the turf, pretty quiet English land to reveal glowing hot steel and the whole scene ended with a very moving and thought provoking image as the five Olympics rings were forged out of hot metal. They were held in the air for a few moments, glowing mysteriously in the darkened sky. This poignant image will stick in my memory for a long time.
My favourite part was the amazing cauldron and it was one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. Each child mascot who accompanied one of the 204 participating countries carried a copper bowl. These were all added together and when the flames were lit the whole thing blazed together in a beautiful and powerful image. I felt like this symbolised the whole world uniting as one, burning together with one purpose.
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