I’ve been thinking about how much perspective helps determine who is considered the villian and who is the hero in movies. I think one way find out is to take the opposite of a movie, in terms of the perspective and who is supposed to be the villians and heros.
I’ll give an example, but I think some movies can’t be changed this way, if the villian is too difficult to make appealing.
[spoiler]I’ll take the Matrix. Agent Smith and the other Agents would be portrayed in a way similar to law enforcement shows. They are trying desperately to catch these criminals Morpheus and Trinity.
Neo basically is refocussed as a rude anti-authority type and that is portrayed as bad, so your hero Agent Smith finally decides he’s not going to stop until all of them are in jail. Cue upset good cop pose.
Then the whole escape the Matrix sequence has a scary light to it, more evil mastermind style music, and Morpheus is seen as a nutty evil professor sort of dude with his henchmen.
Neo is rescued after Agent Smith brings him in and the villains talk about building Neo back up to gain his loyalty because Neo is destined to be the one. The one is subtly shown to be a sort of dark deity intent on vengeance.
Cipher is portrayed as the one good guy that Agent Smith has managed to sneak into this evil project. Cipher comments that the steak juicy bit is part of why he is working to keep people in the Matrix. And he dies after a valiant attempt to destroy the criminal group.
The whole building assualt uses the same footage with a bit different theme, showing that all this rampant destruction.
The Oracle is seen as a kind of dark prophet, finally our hero Agent Smith and his allies face off against Neo, Agent Smith smartly changes form to the train guy, and then he chases after the bad boy Neo, trying to knock some sense into him by calling him Mr Anderson, to remind him of “reality”, the Matrix. Finally, they get Neo. They think they’ve got him. But this is a sad ending, Neo becomes the dark god of the Matrix, then in a tragic end eviscerates Agent Smith, and the other Agents run off scared.[/spoiler]
Actually, Opposite Matrix is a bit like the Lethal Weapon series.