in The Week in Villainy by Guigar
Monday, May 09, 2011 - 12:13 AM
It's been a while since we discussed villains in the Evil Inc blog, but seeing the Thor movie over the weekend really got me fired up.
Obviously, Chris Hemsworth did a terrific job as the thunder god, but for my money, the movie won because of the Thor loser, Loki, played by Tom Hiddleston.
Think about it. When you first heard about "Thor" you had a certain mental image of how Loki's character would be portrayed. I know I did. It was characterized by mincing and eyebrow-waggling... dramatic sweeps and high-pitched howls. Kinda like Jack Nicholson's Joker meets Jim Carrey's Riddler. With a touch of Nathan Lane's Albert Goldman.
But Hiddleston defined Loki's character by what he didn't do. He didn't chew scenery. He rarely even raised his voice. In fact, the one time he does, it has a pretty impressive effect.
Hiddleston added a unique psychological bent to the standard hero's quest.
Tom, you earned yourself a VQ rating. Well done, good sir.
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