I also watched the opening ceremony and enjoyed it rather more than I expected it would. Above all it had British people at the heart of it, and that’s how it should be: we saw industrial revolution workers, women’s democracy campaigners, NHS nurses and post-imperial immigrants. As a history graduate it definitely rubbed me up the right way!
That gelled quite nicely with the inclusive theme behind the torch. And of course I enjoyed the comic bits, particularly Rowan Atkinson during Chariots of Fire.
Complaints? I thought Hey Jude was a terribly unimaginative choice of closing song and McCartney didn’t half milk it. The bit with the queen felt like an afterthought, didn’t really fit in with the rest of the ceremony and with the earlier footage clearly having been shot earlier in the evening it was a bit confusing.
Here’s a cool video showing the ceremony from the perspective of one of the performers: