Danny Boyle, the mastermind behind London Olympics opening ceremony, is being warmly received by spectators who have seen the If Danny Boyle had handed out laughing gas and tax rebates at the penultimate run-through in Stratford he could not have got warmer reviews. Strangers when they got on the train, the spectators grinned and babbled wide-eyed to each other about what they had seen.
Spectators that were strangers to each other did not bother and gushed about the show. Comments like “It was jaw dropping”, “Amazing, I didn’t know where to look”, “It makes you really want to get behind them”, would have really made Danny Boyle proud of his work.
After the Oscar winning direction of “Slumdog Millionaire”, theis would be one of his biggest directorial works that would be viewed by about spectators. Like the award winning film, the budget that is riding on Boyle’s shoulders is £27 million ($42 million or 34.5 million euros).
Boyle has tried hard to keep the details of the Summer Olympics opening ceremony a secret, but thanks to the age of camera phones and social media, with 10,000 performers in the ceremony, thousands of Olympic security and staff and more than 10,000 journalists already at the Olympic Park, interesting details about the show are already leaking out. Boyle has urged all those present to keep from sharing details and the hashtag #savethesurprise has been on display on the screens in the stadium during the rehearsals.
So according to some of the details that Boyle himself let out to titillate the audience, the ceremony would begin with a pastoral scene replete with geese and sheep. The scenery would wind slowly to the urban cities and would include most of the typical Bristish imagery like Shakespeare, James Bond working under Queen Elizabeth II and Harry Potter fighting Voldemort. Music would be a big part of the show and there would be Beatles, Mary Poppins, and even Sex Pistols’ version of “Lord save the Queen”.
The ceremony promises to be a splendid one with a healthy dose of British quirkiness added to it. While the athletes would be the stars, the ceremony would no doubt have a strong political message like all of Boyle’s works.
As one spectator described it, “Splendidly British and magnificently bonkers. If you’ve got plans Friday night, cancel them. Opening ceremony is out of this world.”
But reading the undercurrent full of political message, a senior audience predicts “a political row”. Similarly, former Labour Foreign Secretary David Miliband guardedly tweeted after the show “Danny Boyle is a genius, with a wicked sense of humour!”
Despite the serious messages, Boyle has made sure the show is full of laughter and humour. Audience is already talking of the laughs and a madcap element present in the show.
There is promise of spectacular fireworks, homour and lots to talk about after the show.