Harry Styles’ cold “My Policeman” should be locked up

TORONTO — Directed by Harry Styles, the new film ‘My Policeman’ is a gripping love story about a bond between two men so strong that their passion endures for five decades even after they break up.

How nice. Or it would be if at some point during the British bore, which premiered at Sunday’s Toronto International Film Festival, we believed the main characters actually loved each other.

Movie review

Running time: 113 minutes. Rated R (sexual content). In theaters October 21. On Prime Video on November 4th

Styles plays the eponymous policeman (a word that’s been pronounced so, so many times) in 1952 England named Tom, who begins to realize he’s gay after meeting Patrick (David Dawson), a confident curator at an art museum . He’s so confident that he slips his business card to Tom after he reports a crime. romantic?

The two start snogging one night when Patrick is drunk sketching Tom Titanic-style at his Brighton flat. Confused, Tom leaves in a hurry and later crawls back in an emotional storm. Then we watch scene after scene of them lying naked in bed together. That phrase surely only had rabid Styles fans racing to fandango.

Yet directed by Michael Grandage – the British stage veteran who dared make Disney’s Frozen the Musical bleak and heartless – there is no euphoria, let alone glee, at their meetings. Behind closed doors, the relationship should be easy and simple. Tom and Patrick should represent the freedom from the oppression of the 50’s that awaits them at the door.

Their private, teenage world needs to contrast with the framing story, set in 1999 when older Tom (Linus Roache) lives with his wife Marion (Gina McKee) and they take in older Patrick (Rupert Everett) after he’s drunk and has a stroke . Now they are cold stones that speak no more. Today’s scenes are darker in both tone and appearance than a Norwegian winter.

The older Marion (Gina McKee) and Patrick (Rupert Everett) reunite in 1999.
The older Marion (Gina McKee) and Patrick (Rupert Everett) reunite in 1999.
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In 1952, Tom continues to date Patrick while courting their mutual friend Marion (Emma Corrin), even going so far as to marry her and then fly with him to Venice. Marion becomes aware of their affair but keeps the pain under wraps, and all three are terribly cruel to each other.

To his credit, Styles is a solid actor with a bright future in hopefully brighter films should he decide to go that route. The pop star has the intensity, honest chemistry with his co-stars and tailors his performance just right for the big screen. You should never underestimate the raw star power.

Tom (Harry Styles), Marion (Emma Corrin) and Patrick (David Dawson) find themselves in a dangerous love triangle "my cop"
Tom (Harry Styles), Marion (Emma Corrin) and Patrick (David Dawson) find themselves in a dangerous love triangle in My Policeman.
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Dawson does well on the more mysterious part. He has an enigmatic look and voice that keeps us wondering about Patrick’s past.

And who doesn’t adore the brave Emma Corrin, who can leap from lamb-like innocence to unruly malice in the blink of an eye? The problem, however, is that we’ve already seen her play a much more complex, tormented wife than Marion – Princess Diana in The Crown. Marion is far from Di.

So much talent for such a non-event film coming to Prime Video on November 4th. Considering that “Brokeback Mountain” was released 17 years ago, it’s odd that we’re now getting a less touching version with a stiff upper lip, nothing profound or enlightening to add.

I can’t speak to Bethan Roberts’ 2012 novel on which the film is based, but the story’s climactic reveal is one of the most predictable in ages. It gets the award for the biggest “Duh!”

https://nypost.com/2022/09/12/harry-styles-frigid-my-policeman-should-be-locked-up/ Harry Styles’ cold “My Policeman” should be locked up

Emma Bowman

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