Dr. Louise Banks: If you could see your whole life from start to finish, would you change things? Ian Donnelly: Maybe I’d say what I felt more often. I-I don’t know.
Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner in the thought-provoking science fiction film Arrival (2016). Based on the short story “Story of Your Life” by Ted Chiang, it tells of a linguistic professor who who is in charge of communicating with beings who have landed from another planet.
Loki: I really don’t see what all the fuss is about. Odin: Do you not truly feel the gravity of your crimes? Wherever you go there is war, ruin and death! Loki: I went down to Midgard to rule the people of Earth as a benevolent God, just like you. Odin: We are not gods! We’re born, we live, we die, just as humans do. Loki: Give or take five thousand years.
Tom Hiddleston and Sir Anthony Hopkins in the superhero drama Thor: The Dark World (2013). Following on from Thor (2011), the film further explores the difficulty in being a ruler and the fraught sibling relationship with Loki and his bother Thor.
We all fear death and question our place in the universe. The artist’s job is not to succumb to despair, but to find an antidote for the emptiness of existence.
Gertrude Stein (Kathy Bates) in the charming romantic comedy fantasy Midnight in Paris (2011). Written and directed by Woody Allen, it tells of a writer who at midnight is able to travel back in time to the 1920s.