Review: ‘My Policeman’ unspools longing and regret of a Harry Styles-centered sexual triangle
My Policeman (Picture: Astrid Stawiarz/Glamour)
There’s something sadistic about waiting for something to happen. Waiting for the lights to come up on a movie, waiting for the next thing to happen on your life. And then it does. The light comes up on my Policeman. It’s just a movie – or part of the movie – and you know you’re supposed to be happy and excited about it. But you are. You’re happy and excited with every frame of the film, but you long for more. And, of course, you yearn for more with every passing second of the film’s existence.
When it comes to movies, especially superhero movies, there are plenty of things that feel like the next big thing. There are the obvious – Guardians of the Galaxy, Thor, Iron Man 3 – but there are other movies that feel like the next big thing because they are so different from what came before. If you don’t have a lot of disposable income, you might be able to miss this genre. You might not understand it, but at least there are a few movies out there that show that they’re trying.
I’m not a fan of superhero movies, in general. In a world where the film industry thinks that the world needs a superhero to solve every single problem people encounter, there’s a certain amount of silliness when a film tries to be a true piece of art. On top of that, too much of a good thing means that a certain amount of bad things happen to good people too many times. You can’t have your cake and eat it – or at least eat a lot of it.
But here’s the thing – this is the third time that DC Comics is releasing a movie based on a character from their comic and they aren’t doing it right. There’s a general feeling in the industry that these films are not being properly marketed or understood, and that this is a problem for the moviegoers. They want superhero movie franchises to be more than just a money-grabbing cash cow, but films that have a chance to connect and make emotional connections.
And so it should be if that was the point. But they