A Reputation Too Big And An Impact Too Small
Although Oscar-nominated and the seemingly more noted and talked about of the two lead performances in the film, I honestly cannot decide if I think Gloria Swanson does a good job in the film or not. She is creepy and it is interesting how the Norma Desmond character somewhat mirrored Swanson herself - I will give her that - but I also feel that she overdoes the role too often. I realize that Swanson plays an insane washed-up actress from the very theatrical silent era but that still does not help my thinking that her performance is too ridiculous too many times for me to be truly chilled or take the character truly seriously.
I liked the film overall but maybe the hype - and, subsequently, my expectations - were too high because I did not find Sunset Boulevard to measure up to its reputation as a brilliant masterpiece. Maybe I just need a lecture on how wrong I am about this film?
CBC Rating: 7/10