Sunset Boulevard ★★★½

While its no Casablanca, Sunset Boulevard is something special!

This classic has many great things going for it, from the witty dialogue to the anti-hero with a conscience...

But there were three things that really resonated with me...

First was the main character. Maybe its because I enjoy writing, but I am always drawn quickly into films about writing and writers. I think its human nature to imagine yourself the protagonist in your writing and could just picture the wry smirk on the face of Wilder(This film's writer) as he crafted Joe Gillis as an out of work screenwriter with unfiltered wit.

Second was the setting. I'm not sure what it is, but I am heavily drawn to films that depicts how people have to deal with the evolution of their art. Similar to the transition of live theater to film in All About Eve, Sunset Boulevard deals with the transition of silent films to "talkies"

Which leads me to the third thing that I loved. Norma Desmond! The silent superstar who believed that dialogue was overrated and she could say all she needed with her eyes.... I don't want to say anymore for the sake of spoilers, but wow.... those eyes....

Overall its a great film that I think beautifully works as a genre bender that starts with a touch of crime noir, transitions to drama, then romance and ultimately... well... again, no spoilers...