These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
Alternate Character Interpretation: Film critic Danny Peary, in his book Alternate Oscars, regards Lermontov far more sympathetically than Julian. He sees Julian as the real villain for insisting that Vicki can't have her career and marriage to him, despite the fact that his career as a composer is unimpeded by same.