My Policeman (2022) Review
Director: Michael Grandage
Streaming: Amazon Prime Video
Tom, a policeman in 1950s Britain, falls in love with a schoolteacher on the Brighton coast. However, he soon begins a passionate same-sex affair with a museum curator, in spite of homosexuality being illegal.
Similar stories have continued for generations. The story of forbidden love and conformity collide together in this surprising piece of excellent work.
Brokeback Mountain perfected the tragically doomed period gay love story and “My Policeman” borrows more than a few beats from the original masterpiece. Emma Corrin is basically a more naive and developed version of Michelle Williams’s character, both remarkable in each part to be fair.
The whole thing has a slightly deja-vu feeling and is classic to a fault. I guess this explains the bad reviews but, truth is, this is an absolutely fine film.
It certainly didn’t deserve all the hate especially compared to that other and really terrible Harry Styles vehicle. Here his soft-spoken acting perfectly fits the blunt straightforwardly straight character.
The harsh selfishness of youngTom is the most fascinating and refreshing element of the film. My Policeman uses the traditional biographic structure of back-and-forth timelines to great results.
The idealism of the 50s sequences full of gorgeous arts, elegant flats, cozy countryside, and rapturous love is in stark contrast with the gloomy grey suburban present days.
It is true that the movie would have benefited from a more balanced use of the present time rather than just being the obvious reminder of a world of redemption and social progress.
My Policeman is gripping as an exploration of the romance of the dark place can put us through.