In honor of Tom Hiddleston’s birthday here are my picks for the top 5 movies featuring Tom Hiddleston.
- Midnight in Paris
Although Hiddleston was not part of the main cast in Woody Allen’s 2011 time travel romantic comedy, his role was a memorable one. The actor donned an American accent to portray the iconic writer, F. Scott Fitzgerald, in 1920s Paris. Fitzgerald’s story wasn’t particularly elaborated on but Hiddleston made the most of his screen time. His version of Fitzgerald is charming and refined, but Hiddleston also adds depth to the role allowing hints of the figure’s dark side to surface.
Unrelated marked the big screen debut of Hiddleston. Hiddleston was teamed with director Joanna Hogg in the first of three projects together. Hiddleston took on the role of adolescent Oakley. Unrelated is a fascinating picture of middle aged relationships, loneliness and the inspiration of youth. Unrelated premiered at the BFI London Film Festival in 2007 and kicked off the movie career of Hiddleston.
- Deep Blue Sea
Based on the Terrence Rattigan play of the same name, this 2012 British Romantic drama stars Hiddleston as a handsome former RAF pilot who engages in an affair with the wife of a judge (Rachel Weisz). Weisz earned the most award season attention with her performance, but the movie was also a win for Tom who wanted a chance to play a complex vain man all too aware of his own flaws. As Rolling Stone described the film “Hiddleston is an actor of enormous talent, willing to use his good looks to express a weakness that charm can’t eradicate. His scenes with Weisz are electric.”
The 2010 British flick, directed by Joanna Hogg, stars Hiddleston as Edward, a man preparing to leave for a year of voluntary service in Africa. His mother and sister decide to gather the family together on a remote island as a farewell trip. But when Edward’s father is delayed, the unspoken forces of absence and loss bring the family’s buried anger and tension to the surface. The quietly devastating profile of a complicated family has earned critical acclaim (with a 95% on Rotten Tomatoes) and marks another strong performance from Hiddleston, who always excels in subtle, naturalistic roles.
- Thor (MCU)
Tom Hiddleston is best known for playing Loki in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The actor is the definition of a scene stealer when it comes to playing the god of mischief. There is no other current Marvel villain both beloved by fans and critics alike. Hiddleston’s most recent outing in the MCU is Thor: The Dark World which had mixed reviews on the quality of the film with one notable exception; fans and critics loved Loki. This fact led Rolling Stone to begin its review with this all-to-true statement “Not enough Loki.”