What a MASSIVE
All i can say after that is, thank God Boyle didn't do a Bond movie.
I'm a big fan of his films, particularly Trainspotting & Slumdog (obviously), and i thought what i saw of his ceremony was excellent; a strange brew of anarchic, daft and somewhat sinister in it's best parts, such as the chimneys turning Britain into Hell on Earth and the children's 'nightmare routine' featuring the Fleming's 'Kiddie Catcher' and Pink Floydesque inflatables. Fantastic and a little 'freak show' a'la The League of Gentleman'.
Sadly i turned off around then as the non-stop inane drivel flowing from the commentators became too imposing. i couldn't soak up the atmosphere thanks to patronizing comments from
like Trevor Nelson pointing out at length how amazing it was that the audience were managing to wave their lights in time with the music! What a dick...
aside, the whole Bond piece was pretty embarrassing, Craig appearing more embarrassed than anyone as he strutted through the palace, stiff as a board, wooden as Moore, paraded before the world like a tourist merchandise on a keyring. It seemed in that first scene that everything Craig had worked so hard to build, the years of parody that he'd managed to dismiss with his gritty take on the character had been undone.
The idea was fine, a great coup to get the Queen in on the gag. However it was shot amateurishly (i wonder if Boyle was even there), and the music was far too 'royale' and anthemic to be piped throughout the whole sequence. From th moment Craig minced into the palace like a Guy Richie character, he played it, of was directed to play it like the po-faced military man, which jarred horribly with parody.
And what was with the strobing slow-mo dogs and london scenes below the helicopter. Was we to believe Bond's Martini had been spiked with acid?
The helicopter-through-the-bridge shot was repeated from so many angles that it was obvious they'd realised in the edit how lacklustre the Bond sequence was and wanted to hide behind the money-shot.
I mean, what on earth was Bond doing there? He picks up Queenie, sits next to her in the helicopter and jumps...! The gag of the Queen jumping first was pretty sweet, but that doesn't compensate for the empty whole feeling when it was all done -- was that it?
Surely they could've started in her car and put some obstacles in their way, have pursuers try to stop them, shifted modes of transport; have a Queen lookalike dodge onto a bus/the tube with Bond as they flee etc, ending in the helicopter. In short, give Bond something to do, a reason for being in the film.
Instead Bond was superfluous - he was reduced to being just a product placement.
Uninspired, unimaginative, unambitious.
Apart from that it was all good.
At least the new trailer rocks