Mike’s review published on Letterboxd:
Billy Wilder's Sunset Boulevard expertly waves through relatable themes like depression, isolation, jealousy and the toll of time using different genres effectively. Drama, film noir, comedy and even a little romance to create a manipulative, intoxicating, smart and ultimately nuanced and absorbing story with a rather remarkable turn from Gloria Swanson.
The film's approach to its original mystery is a little meandering at times and it definitely drags a bit in the middle, making the final resolution a little unsatisfying in my opinion. Nevertheless, I can't deny how well-made this film is. I don't love it as much as I thought I would but I definitely admire it for how well the themes were handled, the superb performances, impressive cinematography and just an all around great use of one of my favorite genres in cinema. The noir genre.