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.