Rashid N.’s review published on Letterboxd:
Wow what a film...
That's two 5/5s in a row! I don't think that's ever happened to me before. I guess Wilder is just that good. For a long time, Wilder was probably my most anticipated director and now I've seen three of his films which are also three of his most highly acclaimed films.
I am sitting here in awe of what I have just witnessed. This is absolute breathtaking perfection. I couldn't look away for a single second and the runtime flew by in what felt like a few minutes. This has to be one of the best written and performed films ever. No, it's overall one of the best films to ever exist. This is a striking gripping feature from the great Billy Wilder and I adored it.
It's very fascinating looking at this story about a famous silent film star who has now faded into obscurity and looking into it, you could say that's a similar case for the actress of Norma Desmond, Gloria Swanson. She was a very big star during the silent era and then faded away from the spotlight once the talkies came around until she returned and ended up playing the now iconic character of Norma Desmond. Having finished this and having witnessed the "Descent down the Staircase" scene, I can honestly say that she gave the best female performance I've ever seen and overall one of the best performances of all time.
There's so much greatness and perfection within Sunset Boulevard and I truly love it with all my heart. With this and Double Indemnity, Billy Wilder has solidified his place as one of my favourite directors of all time and I'm sure once I see more of his work, he'll go higher and higher in my list. As for now, please go watch this and Double Indemnity since they are both noir masterpieces from the genius who was Wilder.