The Tell-Tale Heart

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Tom Hiddleston, a very first encounter

I have to confess that I am not a big fans of superhero movies, though I have watched most of the popular ones, Superman, Batman, Ironman, Captain America, etc.

I was watching Tom Hiddleston’s Crimson Peak last week during Chinese New Year holidays and attracted by his deep voice and fell in love with him more by googling his background. Then last night, I finally watched the Thor and getting to know why his character Loki is more appalling than Thor the heroine. Thor is an arrogant prince with muscle and without too much brain. The drastic change of his arrogant manner to a modest one comes just too fast in the movie, especially in the scene when he delivers dishes of food to Jane’s friends. On the other hand, Loki is more skin-deep. His facial expression when telling lies is finely acted, and his will to try to win the love of his father is heartbreaking. The scene when he was confronting his father is just like a play of Shakespeare.

Here is an extract of the character of Loki described by Thor’s director and writer in a press conference which nicely summarized the internal struggle of Loki (

Tom Hiddleston's Loki also came up for quite a bit of discussion. Kevin Feige said the movie is an origin story for both Thor and Loki. Branagh said that Loki has to keep wearing multiple masks, and everything he does is veiled in multiple levels of lies and ambiguities, and it required careful attention to keep track of what was really going on in Loki's head. He listed some of the questions they had to grapple with:

"Is he bad, does he have a plan, does he love his brother, does he hate his brother, hate his father, is this happening before our very eyes, how does he truly react to the secrets and lies that emerge in the course of the story?"

The writers pointed out that Loki is actually right about a lot of things, particularly the fact that Thor starts the movie as a jerk who is unfit to succeed their father as king. The problem is that Loki continually makes the mistake of going a step too far, and in fact his attempt to put Thor out of the way forever is instead what triggers his redemption. Hiddleston pointed out that Loki definitely doesn't see himself as the villain:

I think Loki thinks he is the hero. There's an aspect of Loki that is, essentially, that if you boil this film down to its barest elements, it's about a father and two sons. And both those sons are two brothers competing for the love and affection and pride of their father, Odin, played by Tony here. And I think there's just sort of a deeply misguided intention within Loki. And he has a kind of a damage within him. He just goes about getting that pride in the wrong way.