Surprised to find that this oft-maligned film is quite a bit better than its reputation. (But it's John Huston, right? Despite those damned Cahiers du cinema kids and American lackeys Andrew Sarris etc dubbing him a non-auteur, one of the major American film directors). Seen in a sparkling copy that really shows off that black-grey-beige-white palette helps enormously. Just a beauty.
Decent adaptation of a ridiculously unfilmable book. Those who love the novel might be frustrated by the fact that Ishmael's psychological journey is merely hinted at (for goodness' sake, it is pretty much the point of the novel!), but that's a testament to the book's greatness rather than the film's weakness. Great cast, but the best part is the cinematography / color palette.
John Huston's robust adaptation packs all the passion and adventure of Herman Melville's classic, crafted into a fast-paced feature epic by screenwriter Ray Bradbury. An authentic period atmosphere (unusual for Hollywood films from this era) thanks to the lavish production designer and revolutionary cinematography, and even the vintage special effects are often impressive. A classic.