NUNN'S THEATER HABIT
Harry Styles speeds up his acting career in My Policeman
Thu. October 20, 2022 12:00 AM
by Jerry Nunn
My Policeman is the film adaptation of the 2012 novel by Bethan Roberts of the same name. The story was inspired by E.M. Forster who had a past relationship with a policeman in real life.
British pop singer Harry Styles portrays Tom Burgess, a policeman who marries a schoolteacher while also being romantic with a museum curator. It is set in the 1950s when same-sex relationships were illegal in Brighton and finding true love between two men was even more challenging than it is today.
The age gap and situation don't help matters in this shadowy romance between the two men either. There's a sense of dread conveyed in the film along with the trappings of remaining in the closet for too long as times change. This is a cautionary tale to not let future generations allow history to repeat itself and a chance to reflect on how far we have come as a society in a short time.
Styles will bring in a number of young watchers to see a part of history that would many would like to forget. The movie is not always easy to watch and some of the pain conveyed over the two hours can be gut-wrenching to imagine living through.
Viewers can see almost every inch of Harry Styles in various stages of lovemaking over the course of My Policeman and some may be surprised this young star doesn't live up to his namesake. He pulls off some of the awkward fashion pieces with panache such as the typical high-waisted pants from the time period presented by Emmy-winning costumer Annie Symons.
He does a good job of conveying the character and at his better moments resembles a youthful Ewan McGregor. If this little pop career of his doesn't pan out he can always act as a side hustle. The rest of the ensemble is very strong too, although poor Rupert Everett is given little to do, and the resemblance to the younger and older versions has some spot-on casting.
Currently, Styles is one of the hottest live acts on the planet and his trajectory doesn't seem to be stopping anytime soon. If he continues to pick unique LGBTQ+ projects such as this one to beef up his acting skills then audiences will be in for a ride. Right now he's on probation until that happens with a short sentence that all depends on his good behavior.
My Policeman locks up fans in theaters starting on October 21 and then places them on house arrest with Prime Video on November 4, 2022.