Again, I had something else planned to discuss today but recent events compel me to, instead, recommend one of my favourite Alan Rickman films to you.
The 1995 adaptation of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility is seriously fantastic and normally when discussing it I would wax lyrical about Emma Thompson and her fine script but since we're discussing the very talented (and already much missed) Alan Rickman, I will of course focus on the wonder that is Colonel Brandon.
In general, Jane Austen has some brilliant characters, both male and female. I do honestly love a good deal of them and while many of her leading men can be very sweet and likable characters, they can be a little on the beige side, sweet and admirable but not overly interesting.
Colonel Brandon, on the other hand, is (to me) the sweetest of them all; however, I, for some reason, don't find him in the least dull. Don't get me wrong, he's not exciting, exactly but I do find him extremely interesting, especially when in the hands of Alan Rickman.
If you're familiar with Alan Rickman's career, he isn't known for playing kind and caring characters, more often than not, his roles have an edge to them (whether slight or severe) but his Colonel Brandon is incredibly lovable. We are talking 9 out of 10 puppy dogs level of lovely here, so if you're looking for a glimpse at the sweeter side of Mr Rickman in the coming weeks, I would highly suggest giving Sense and Sensibility a watch. There's a lot to love about it.