My Policeman (2022) film review: A textured setting diluted by an absolute lack of cinematic energy – High On Films | Episode Movies

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My Cop (2022) Movie Review: Mega pop star Harry Styles’ first feature film was Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk”, where he played a character you almost wouldn’t have noticed if you weren’t looking for him. This year the actor stars in two films. When the controversy and media coverage around “don’t worry darling‘ wasn’t enough, Michael Grandage’s period drama ‘My Policeman’ is causing skeptics to begin to notice the deeply hollow nature of films that serve only as dispassionate star vehicles for their protagonists.

Set in Brighton in the late 1950s, the film revolves around a dashing young police officer, Tom (Harry Styles) and his girlfriend, Marion (Emma Corrin). The two strike up a friendship with Patrick, a suave museum curator (David Dawson) whom they visit. Tom and Marion eventually marry out of social convention (which the film makes sure you realize). But it soon turns out that the pivotal gay love story brewing between Tom and Patrick has been going on for quite some time, eventually leading to some sort of love triangle. Some four decades later, in 1999, Patrick was disabled by a stroke and moved into the couple’s tidy cottage on Sussex. What happened over these decades? What regrets, if any, do our characters live with?

HARRY STYLES, EMMA CORRIN and DAVID DAWSON star in MY COP Photo: Courtesy of Prime Video © AMAZON CONTENT SERVICES LLC

Like Britain’s greatest historical drama, My Policeman is about a suppressed yearning for something buried far too long in the past. But the screenplay, adapted from Bethan Roberts’ 2012 novel of the same name, adds a deep undercurrent to what was expected of straight masculinity in 1950s England and how society associated homosexuality with perversity.

In fact, the original source material itself fictionalized the real-life relationship between novelist EM Forster, his lover, a police officer, and the police officer’s wife. It then amazes me how startlingly the film so misunderstands all of its subtext, with characters spilling out dialogue that doesn’t lead to any chemistry on screen, diluting the potential of its rich and textured setting.

There are more than many verbal references to class difference thrown into the script, but none of them make the visuals create a mood of pessimism that results from the oppression inflicted on screen. The idea of ​​a gay man openly expressing his sexuality in 1950s England, which could land him in prison (or worse), is a powerful ingredient in the recipe for creating effective melodrama, but it never penetrates into anything that we haven’t already seen it handled much better before.

Styles’ performance in the film feels overly calculated, but in the wrong way. He’s flashy when he doesn’t need to be, and relaxed and reserved in scenes that demand more of him. Therefore, one cannot help but notice the complexity of the character represented on screen, subsumed and even superseded by that of celebrity status. Worse still, the film presents its dramatic high points in the form of cheap revelations that don’t do enough justice to their emotional impact. Of course, this leaves most of the character redemption arcs – which the film is confident enough to let us take note of in the last 10 minutes – seem hollow.

The idea of ​​getting your central character to hide their gender and class anxieties under the guise of “improvement” and “order” has been better explored on screen in recent years. But for some reason I was reminded of the Bollywood film.”Badhai Thurs” from earlier this year while looking at this one. This film had the urgency and emotional tension that embedded itself in a cultural subtext, even though it wasn’t a period film. “My Policeman” adds nothing new to its genre, nor does it have enough filmmaking personality to offset the performance of the aspiring young actor at the centre.


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