Vivid technicolor? A star cast? Cecil B. DeMille directing? An octopus? Those were all things I heard about when hearing about epic "Reap the Wild Wind". This is actually and shockingly my first movie made by pioneer DeMille, and I think this will be the start of a beautiful friendship! This movie is bound to be good when you get Ray Milland, John Wayne, Paulette Goddard, Susan Hayward, Robert Preston, and Charles Bickford all in the same movie. While I love them all and I love them in it, this film just DID NOT do it for me! Though I still liked it in certain areas like the special effects, the color, and cast, there are just some things that don't always make better of mistakes. This movie is a teeny bit on the cheesy side in my opinion, and trust me, I've seen many big epics like this such as "Wake of the Red Witch" and "Blood and Sand" but none are like this. I think what this movie was missing was good dialogue and plot. While I was expecting a no- nonsense action movie, instead I got a sea drama/law film with a hint of adventure towards the end. Considering this is a two-hour movie, it really is hard to wait that long for some Technicolor fun. I do add the star because of the other good factors I mentioned earlier, but other than that, this is really a two-star movie. Based on recommendations, I would say better sea movies would be the Errol Flynn masterpiece, "The Sea Hawk", or other fun colorful Tyrone Power swashbuckler flick, "The Black Swan". "Reap the Wild Wind" isn't by any means bad, but it's certainly not what I was hoping to get.