The new heroes and Alex lololol that was great. I just saw dunkirk again and I could honestly write a dissertation on Alex, I have so many thoughts and feelings about him, and I don't know how much of it was the way he was written or what harry brought to the performance, probably both, but he definitely drew me in and I think it's because he was such a perfect counterpoint to Fionn. I was really hoping harry would play a character like this and he nailed it
SPOILER ALERT! Keeping it to a minimum!
I know, he’s quite complex isn’t he? Harry said Alex is hardened, which he proves perfectly well by cussing and smacking things off and being all burly, kind of. But this is also where Alex’s vulnerability cracks through the mask, the way he acts tougher than shit cos this is war and the situation is pressed, and they have to get rid of ballast so he takes on the leader role. You can feel it when watching the scene that you’re not buying it completely. “For fuck’s sake!” And also when he flips out cos he’s threatened by/scared of a certain someone, it gets quite interesting. Obviously he’s just as scared like the rest of them, but has his own way of showing it, by puffing his chest up so nothing gets to him.
I think this is what Nolan was talking about, of Harry’s subtle and truthful acting that he was afraid people would miss.
Later, while on the train, Alex shows remorse, not relief, for having survived. You’d think a dick like Alex would’ve been happy he got away and not give a fuck about Gibson or whatever happened back there. But he did, proving just how humane this character is, one you can easily become as well when put in the same situation. There’s no way of knowing.