|One of several scenes in P&P 1995 where the audience|
|is given additional insight into Darcy's mindset.|
It's fun! It can be insightful. It can also start an argument (I use Pamela's Mr. B in Mr. B Speaks! to run a court case on the merits of literary analysis in higher education). The alternate viewpoint asks, Is that really what happened? What was going on elsewhere when all the attention was focused here? What can we learn about the original novel by examining the evidence from a different perspective?
Many movies utilize this technique simply for the sake of comprehension and interest. In 1995 P&P, Darcy's hunt for Wickham is relayed through his point of view at the time it occurs; in the book, it is relayed as dialog/summary to Elizabeth after the fact; the reader consequently sees Darcy's actions entirely from Elizabeth's point of view. Giving us Darcy's point of view, however temporarily, provides more connection to the characters and to the action.
In a similar fashion, the Jeremy Brett Sherlock Holmes movies and episodes, which I would generally label faithful interpretations, occasionally flip perspective--not everything is seen from Watson's point of view (first person causes so many problems!).
|Edmund from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe|
|provides a story that "carries".|
The book also happens to be one of my favorites, so I approached the film with trepidation the first and second times I watched it. I recently rewatched it, however, and found it more enjoyable than I remembered. Skandar Keynes, Georgie Henley, and the marvelous Will Poulter carry the movie and even deserved more screen-time. As in the first and second movies, Edmund's ability to see "behind the curtain" of false promises provides a necessary stable viewpoint, especially in the last movie (Dawn Treader really should be Eustace's movie exclusively; the book provides so many fantastic events from other people's viewpoints, a screenwriter would have to be extraordinarily disciplined to remember this).
|Rosencrantz & Guildenstern waiting for others to act|
A more common variation to the alternate viewpoint is the alternate time period: Clueless (Emma), Bridget Jones Diary (Pride & Prejudice), 10 Things I Hate About You (Taming of the Shrew) and many more Shakespeare plays! These variations can lend immense insight regarding the nature of the original relationships. P.D. James' Death Comes to Pemberley gave me additional insight into Wickham's character.
Such alternate approaches may also provide historical insights since the adaptations usually highlight those aspects of the original novels/plays that remain constant while tweaking those that time has challenged or questioned: girls and boys still act silly around each other but these days, the girl can go get a job.