Movie review: My Policeman

Molly Ziesenheim, Editorial Editor


     My Policeman, starring Harry Styles, Emma Corrin, and Rupert Everett, follows the same-sex affair a young policeman has with a museum curator at a time when homosexuality is illegal. The movie is based on the novel by Bethan Roberts, published in 2012, and hit select theatres on October 21, 2022.

     The film takes place in 1950s and 1990s Brighton, England. The tragic story follows a young policeman, Tom (Harry Styles), who meets a museum curator, Patrick (David Dawson), and it turns into much more than just a friendship. Tom’s partner, Marion (Emma Corrin), joins Tom and Patrick in a series of summertime adventures. However, Tom and Marion’s eventual marriage leads to a grave betrayal.

     The story is mostly told through flashbacks from the 1990s. Older versions of the characters are found to be reunited after Patrick suffers a life-altering stroke. Marion has Patrick staying with them while he recuperates, against Tom’s wishes. Tom won’t acknowledge his presence, and when it is brought up, has fits of rage. After reading some of Patrick’s old journals and developing a better understanding of him, Marion seemingly puts a satisfying personal plan into motion.

     The film has socially and emotionally repressed tension illustrated through all of the characters’ desires. Director Michael Grandage did a fantastic job portraying a tragic tale that anyone who has had to keep their sexuality hidden will relate to. The production design perfectly captures the setting, and all the leads gave great performances.

     One of the most anticipated actors in the film, Harry Styles, did a great job giving a sensitive performance of a sexually confused character. Contrary to some critics, I believe the awkwardness of his performance greatly benefited the role he played.

     The movie is captivating and heartbreaking, especially if you are someone who can relate to the experiences of any of the characters. The themes throughout the film will resonate with everyone, not just the LGBTQ+ community, and I highly recommend it for an eye-opening experience that will take your breath away.