Wednesday, July 27, 2011

"Probably the bravest man I ever knew"

Manohla Dargis writes the following about Alan Rickman as Snape in the last of the Harry Potter movies:

Finally too there is Mr. Rickman, who as Snape, Harry’s longtime nemesis, lifts the movie to its expressive high point.

First seen standing in a window shaped like a coffin, Snape enters gravely, a picture of death. Pale and unsmiling, his black hair framing his white face like mourning crepe, he has always suggested Laurence Olivier’s Richard III, an ominous thought with children in the vicinity.

Alan Rickman as Snape, © 2011 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INCThat Snape has proven worthy of that comparison is partly a tribute to Ms. Rowling, but that he has become such a brilliant screen character is due to Mr. Rickman, who helped elevate a child’s tale of good and evil into a story of human struggle.
So true.

Bless├Ęd be.

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