I was at work for most of the ceremony, so I taped a rerun of it. I'm glad I did! I found much of it very boring, and was glad to have the ability to fast forward at times.
So far as "my personal review" of the opening cermony goes, I wasn't very impressed. It looked like a great deal of work and planning went into it, but I found it to be very political in some areas, and quite chaotic and overly "busy" with far too much going on all at once that it made it look haphazzard at times.
I fast forwarded through much of the boy meets girl cell phone "story."
The industrial revolution segment was great but then we got the NHS segment (who cares) and then it just got disjointed and frankly boring. I still can't figure out how that whole healthcare bit fit in.
I loved the Queens entrance though. She seems like she has a wicked sense of humour and would be a blast to just hang out with.
Personally I think 4 years ago Beijing put on the best opening and closing ceremony in the history of the Olympics. So I think in my eyes, a ceremony coming so close to that one, would have a hard time measuring up to what I perceive as the new "gold standard" of ceremonies.