Tom Hiddleston is thrilling just about everyone with TV series The Night Manager but he is set to return to the big screen this week with new film High-Rise.
High-Rise is an adaptation of the novel of the same name by J.G. Ballard and sees Hiddleston team up with filmmaker Ben Wheatley for the very first time. Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller, Luke Evans, and Elisabeth Moss make up an impressive cast list.
We all love Hiddleston here at FemaleFirst and are thrilled that he is back on the big screen and in a leading role - it promises to be another terrific performance from the popular actor. We look back on his career so far and some of his best roles. Do you have a favourite?
- Only Lovers Left Alive
I am a big fan of Hiddleston's work in recent years but, for me, Only Lovers Left Alive is up there as one of his best movies and performances to date. Only Lovers Left Alive saw Hiddleston play a vampire as he starred alongside Tilda Swinton and worked with writer and director Jim Jarmusch. It was one of the best movies of 2014 and it is such a shame that it did not reach a wider audience.
Set against the romantic desolation of Detroit and Tangier, an underground musician, deeply depressed by the direction of human activities, reunites with his resilient and enigmatic lover. Their love story has already endured several centuries at least, but their debauched idyll is soon disrupted by her wild and uncontrollable younger sister. Can these wise but fragile outsiders continue to survive as the modern world collapses around them?
The vampire genre may be one that has become a little saturated in recent years, but this beautiful and beguiling movie really will restore your faith in this genre.
Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton take on the role of vampires Adam and Eve; they both cope with the modern world and immortal life in completely different ways. Hiddleston is terrific as Adam, the tortured artist who struggles to find a place in the world outside his front door. Adam maybe a little sulky and self-indulgent, but Hiddleston never allows it to get to a point where this could become an annoyance. There is a great chemistry between Hiddleston and Swinton as well as there being something incredibly otherworldly and inhuman about them.
There is something deeply seductive and haunting about Only Lovers Left Alive, as Jarmusch put his unmistakable mark on this rather tired genre and breathes new life into it. This is one of those movies that you just are swept away in as it is just totally engrossing as well as there being an old-fashioned feel to it. It is just a wonderful watch with both Hiddleston and Swinton on truly top and very charming form.
- Avengers Assemble
It was the role of Loki in the Marvel movies that has made Hiddleston a global star. While we were first introduced to the God of Mischief in Thor back in 2011, it was Avengers Assemble where the actor really did shine.
We all know how great British actors are at being villains... Hiddleston followed on this fine trend in Avengers Assemble as he attempted to take over the world. Captain America, Iron Man, Black Widow, Hulk, Thor, and Hawkeye came together as a team for the first time to try and stop him.
For me, Hiddleston is one of Avengers Assemble's brightest stars as he thrives in his villainous role - cementing his popularity with fans of the Marvel Universe.
Hiddleston plays Loki in a way that is mischievous and funny and yet there is a dark mistrust to him - you can't help but like him and yet you never quite know what he is going to do next. The British actor has made Loki his own and you can never see anyone else taking on this role. In fact, Loki is possibly the only character who could not be re-cast, simply because Hiddleston has been so good in the three appearances that he has made so far.
Avengers Assemble was one of the most ambitious blockbuster films of 2012 but director Joss Whedon pulled it off in style. He managed to give all of this huge characters and big named actors ample screen time, told their individual stories, while pulling all of the threads of the story line together to make one action-packed and hugely entertaining film.
Avengers Assemble went on to gross over $1.5 billion at the global box office. It was the first Marvel film to gross over $1 billion and it remains the highest grossing Marvel Universe film to date.
- The Deep Blue Sea
Between his performances in Thor and Avengers: Assemble, Hiddleston moved away from the big budget blockbuster to star in The Deep Blue Sea, which was an adaptation of the Terence Rattigan play.
The Deep Blue Sea was adapted for the big screen by Terence Davies, who was also in the director's chair. This was the first time that Hiddleston had teamed up with the filmmaker and actress Rachel Weisz.
The movie follows Hester Collyer (Weisz), the wife of a British judge, who embarks on a self-destructive love affair with a Royal Air Force pilot (Hiddleston).
The Deep Blue Sea is a wonderful period piece that is driven by a fantastic central performance from Weisz. This is 100% Hester's story, but every actor plays a huge part in telling it.
The Deep Blue Sea is a powerful drama about lust and desire and is an involving drama from the opening scene to the closing credits. Hester is a woman who is trying to figure out who she is and what she wants and is drawn in by Freddie's charm and good looks.
There is a strong connection between Hiddleston and Weisz, but are driven by desire. Hiddleston delivers a roguish performance as Freddie Page and this is a type of character that we had never really seen him tackle before.
While Hiddleston plays the playboy well, there is a darkness and a danger to this character that the actor captures well. He and Weisz are perfect in this drama that explores romantic obsession.
Other Tom Hiddleston movies worth checking out include Crimson Peak, Midnight In Paris and War Horse.
High-Rise is released 18th March.