Deo Prasetya’s review published on Letterboxd:
"𝘐 𝘢𝘮 𝘣𝘪𝘨! 𝘐𝘵'𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘪𝘤𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘨𝘰𝘵 𝘴𝘮𝘢𝘭𝘭" said Norma Desmond, an actress that brilliantly played by Gloria Swanson in this masterpiece directed by Billy Wilder. A story about the ugly truth of Hollywood industry. Sunset Boulevard is elegant, funny, and also ironic. The script explores deeply into its two main characters, their desires, relationships, and beliefs, resulting a powerful arcs for the characters.
Wilder captures the harsh reality that the main characters are facing and also delivers some interesting characters study. The characters feel truly human, they are trying to achieve their dreams but confronted by the different reality. The journey feels very human that we understand the character's motivations and decisions when they are faced by the reality, whether they try to accept the truth or deny the truth, we understand them. The movie feels grim from the beginning, well because it's a noir movie. The shots (feels very structured) are beautiful and dark, cleverly using shadows and lights. There's a lot of iconic shots, like when Norma descended into the stairs in the final scene of the movie and is accompanied by the "big" music, the results is epic.
Billy Wilder who also the writer of the movie, knows the struggles of script writers in Hollywood. He's basically trying to tell the audience and the studio to respect them as much as directors or actors. Also, he tried to represent the life of an actor who has been eaten and spitted out by the industry. Showing how the spirit, creativity, and integrity of those people can be destroyed by it.