Watching ‘Sunset Boulevard’: I Am Shaking

Have you ever seen a movie that fills you with such exhilaration that you’re left trembling after the film? Well, that is me right now as I write this gushing review about a true masterpiece, Sunset Boulevard.

This film may have not won Best Picture, losing instead to All About Eve, but it is undoubtedly one of the best movies I have ever seen.

I think this just might be the best-written film I have ever witnessed, its tragic tale stretching along piece by piece, jam-packed with memorable moments and over twenty quotes that feel iconic in their delivery. Of course, to infuse this movie with meaning, we have the film’s core actors; Gloria Swanson, William Holden, Erich von Stronheim, and Nancy Olson, all of which were nominated for Oscars for their roles in this movie, and deservedly so.

This movie is like a book that sucks you in and refuses to let go. Its story bends and tugs, slowly unraveling until by the conclusion you are wide-eyed and breathless. As the film’s iconic final shot played out I had chills on my arms and clapped as the credits began to roll with the Oscar-winning score imbuing the movie with a somber and almost horrific melody.

We always get to see men play roles that show them in a terrible light but it is rare when we to get women as such. Gloria Swanson felt as mad as Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker by the end of the film; a truly terrifying individual who has completely lost it.

If you haven’t seen Sunset Boulevard please do yourself a favor and feast your eyes on this beautiful movie. It is a must-watch and an absolute stunner, from beginning to end. This is what screenplay-writing is all about.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a tremendous day.

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