Featured Actor: Alan Rickman

At the request of a friend (a fellow Harry Potter addict) I’m doing this post on Alan Rickman, an actor both of us have a weak spot for. So besides the Harry Potter films (…which I could rant about for paragraphs and how they disappoint me and yet I am obsessed with them at the same time because I can never get enough Harry Potter) we will move on to some of Rickman’s other films.\

Sense and Sensibility — I love this movie. As a huge fan of Jane Austen and a not huge fan of Keira Knightley I find myself not favoring the new version of Pride and Prejudice, and so to feed by Austen fetish I turn to this movie. Starring Rickman, Kate Winslet, Emma Thompson (love her) and Hugh Grant it’s just a great film. Although I must admit that there is a slight issue with the plot line, something left out from the book that makes the movie’s plot a little awkward, the scenery is beautiful, the acting great, the emotions fervent and the romance high.

Love Actually — This is one of my all time favorite movies. I love how the stories intertwine, the highs and lows in emotions, I love that it’s funny and sad and sweet and tragic all at once. I love the people in it, and I love the whole thing. It makes you laugh and cry at the same time. I watch this movie at least twice every holiday spirit. Even though it does have a Christmas theme, it really can be watched anytime, as it should be.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Universe — I didn’t actually really like this film that much, and after reading the book I realized how bad it really was, but Rickman is hilarious as the voice of the sadistic, misanthropic robot. Although a small role, it is really well done.

Sweeney Todd — I loved this movie. I thought it was fantastic. Though, I do recommend that after watching it you look up the Sondheim musical because the original is actually really funny (though I do think that the Burton sadistic twist on it is great), it’s really interesting to see the original and how funny the concept of a murdering barber really is! Depp is fantastic, and with Burton’s usual band of cohorts (Rickman, Helena Bonham Carter, etc) it’s a great movie. The music is fantastic (anything by Sondheim is great), and the story is fantastically dark. The dichotomy between the humor of the situation and the raw emotion that entangles itself in the relationship between Todd and Mrs Lovett. A definite must see.

Although these are all of the movies I’ve seen with Alan Rickman I’m sure there are many more good ones. And who cares if the film is actually decent or not when you have his voice to listen to?


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