Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

Harry Styles, Actor

Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

Harry Styles, Actor

Article excerpt

Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk (see page 52) features an all-star British cast: Kenneth Branagh, Mark Rylance, Tom Hardy ... and the former One Direction member Harry Styles, whose acting experience amounts to a terrible cameo in the Nickelodeon kids' show iCarly. But if you think casting Styles sounds like a disaster, you're wrong. His turn comes during a period of self-reinvention. Earlier this year, he released a i970S-influenced album that would prick the ears of the most boy-band-sceptic dad rocker. This film, pitched at an older, masculine audience, could be part of the same game plan.

The concept of a pop pin-up at their peak swaggering into the movies thanks to their sheer charisma seems to belong to another time: Elvis in Jailhouse Rock, Frank Sinatra in Guys and Dolls, Madonna in Desperately Seeking Susan. But this is what it feels like to watch Harry Styles in Dunkirk.

In the action-heavy, dialogue-sparse film, there's not a whole lot for Styles to mess up. …

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