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My Policeman

Country: United Kingdom, United States, Language: English, 113 mins

  • Director: Michael Grandage
  • Writer: Ron Nyswaner, Bethan Roberts
  • Producer: Greg Berlanti, Mauro Calevi, Michael Grandage, Philip Herd, Caroline Levy, Michael Riley McGrath, Cora Palfrey, Tina Pawlik, Robbie Rogers, Sarah Schechter

CGiii Comment

One of the most anticipated films of the year...

Well, it's nowhere near as bad as some have said it is...but, it is nowhere near as good as it could have been. Both writer and director are to blame...not, as many have said, Harry Styles...yes, he is a little wooden in places...but, that really is the director's fault. The blame does not rest only on his shoulders. The writer has taken a damn fine book and stripped it of its temper.

Apart from the spectacular miscasting of Harry Styles together with David Dawson [or vice versa]'s all so beige and bland, audio-visually speaking. What should have been a story about inequality, homophobia, hate, passion, deceit and lies has been mangled into a very English, stiff upper lip debacle.

And, just when that lip starts to quiver, when you expect the fireworks to fly...all you get is the end...with one of the most ill-judged closing shots of all-time!

Talk about a wasted opportunity...a butt-naked Harry Styles in his second leading role [Don't Worry Darling being his first, in the same year]...he, like all the other actors are one-note throughout. Talk about under-directing actors, even the bombshell [that was seen a mile coming] failed to explode.

It does have a few moments that will delight the Stylers...Harry's bum cheeks being the most obvious. But, with the ongoing, nonsensical debate on gay actors exclusively playing gay characters, Harry may have bitten off more than he can chew...his promotion of the film has been surprisingly lacking...not too much of a surprise after his viral interview with Chris Pine...that it feels like a movie embarrassment! How would he have described this film...!?!

My Policeman is not a terrible film by any stretch of the imagination. It just needed director who understood the money shots...and, there were many...rage, butts and fury! But...not enough balls!

Sadly, the result is somewhat underwhelming. Watchable though.


The(ir) Blurb...

The arrival of Patrick into Marion and Tom's home, triggers the exploration of seismic events from 40 years previous.

Cast & Characters

Gina McKee (as Older Marion Taylor)
Linus Roache (as Older Tom Burgess)
Rupert Everett (as Older Patrick Hazlewood)
Emma Corrin (as Marion Taylor)
Harry Styles (as Tom Burgess)
David Dawson (as Patrick Hazlewood)
Kadiff Kirwan (as Nigel)
Richard Dempsey (as Librarian)
Jack Bandeira (as Leonard)
Dora Davis (as Sylvie)
Pierre Bergman (as Grandfather)
Joseph Potter (as Roy)
Róisín Monaghan (as Teacher)