Review: Harry Styles Excels In The Beautifully Tragic ‘My Policeman’

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MY POLICEMAN (2022)

Somber, yet touching in every beat, My Policeman is a beautifully tragic tale that is simply told and well-acted, most notably by Harry Styles.

Based on the 2012 novel from Bethan Roberts, My Policeman follows Tom (Styles) as he meets and becomes married to Marion (Emma Corrin), but soon finds himself enthralled with museum curator Patrick (David Dawson), set in 1950s England where it is illegal to be gay. Michael Grandage has crafted a tight film that poignantly executes its plot through the vulnerable acting of his cast. Styles, who I have been heavily critical of in past roles, is flawless in his performance, easily his best; Corrin and Dawson are equally fantastic, tracing the emotional beats of their characters’ journey with palpable heartache and grace. Linus Roache, Rupert Everett, and Gina McKee, each delivering the elder portrayals of the young characters, wrap the plot up in an impactful bow, McKee a standout.

Some may take issue with the steadily slower pacing of My Policeman; it is a character driven story that doesn’t have much flash and bang to it. Still, the central drama hooks you in and never lets you go until he credits roll. We also are treated to some sexier moments between Styles and Dawson… very sexy moments. I could have played in this pond for hours more, getting to know these characters and taking in all of the uncomplicated, yet alluring cinematography. The story presents a tale of a complicated time that should not be forgotten and deserves to be told. Grandage and crew have done it all justice, driving home the importance of living authentically.

My Policeman is now playing in limited theaters and hits Prime Video Friday.

Rating: 4/5

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