It’s Tom Hiddleston Day here at A Constant Visual Feast! Happy Tom Hiddleston Day!
I am not secretive of or abashed by my love for Hiddleston; he is, in my mind, one of the most interesting and singularly talented leading men working in film today, the kind of guy who looks like he was born to play romantic leads and star in perfume ads but has carved a path for himself playing real human beings, and also vampires, plus Norse gods. He doesn’t have to do that. He just does it, because he loves it, and because he’s awesome.
Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise is out in theaters today, so I took the time to pore over Hiddleston’s body of work and yank out the common thread of his career: Almost all of the characters he plays are deeply unhappy, even the fun ones. You’ll have to click away from this blog and switch over to Birth.Movies.Death. to see where exactly I go with all of this meandering, but trust me: It’s worth it. (It’s about Tom! Why wouldn’t it be?)