After the epic opening ceremonies of Beijing 2008 and London 2012, the bar was set high for Rio.
The eyes of the world were on the Brazilian capital to usher in this year's Olympic Games in style, even though they were operating with just a fraction of London's budget.
What they came up with pretty much summed up what we can expect from the next few weeks: a little bit of chaos and unpredictability, but ultimately an authentic, exhilarating show of everything that makes the country so unique.
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Across Twitter, Olympic fans were quick to hail Brazil's efforts, with many of them making the same point about the challenges that faced the tournament's organisers.
One of the major concerns has been whether they would be able to afford the expense of putting on such a major competition, especially just two years after hosting the World Cup.
If last night taught us anything, though, it's that Rio might not have the money some of its predecessors had, but we're in for a treat nonetheless.
However, it was never going to be to everyone's taste, and it seemed almost inevitable that some unfavourable comparisons were going to be made with the opening night of four years ago.
Opening ceremonies tend to be a little confusing, often better understood in the host country than in the rest of the watching world.
And that led to the main question on everyone's lips which was, of course, why Judi Dench was there reading a poem about global warming.
It's going to be an interesting Olympics to say the least.
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