This is not really a favourable review of the movie (which I have not seen). However, one of the main criticisms sounds related to Kafka's own desires and directions. He stipulated that, on the cover of the book, The Metamorphosis, the insect which Gregor Samsa has become not be depicted.kafka wanted that left for the imagination of the reader.
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Metamorphosis: Film Review
by John DeFore
The Bottom Line Adaptation of Kafka's famous novella creates new ammo for those who believe it unfilmable.
Montréal World Film Festival, First Films World Competition
Robert Pugh, Maureen Lipman, Laura Rees, Chloe Howman, Alistair Petrie, Janet Henfrey, Aidan McArdle, Paul Thornley
Initial plans to use puppetry for the creature were scrapped when the giant cockroach broke during the first week of filming.
MONTREAL — The absurdist fables of Franz Kafka present a tremendous challenge to filmmakers hoping to adapt them; perhaps none more so than The Metamorphosis, whose protagonist is a traveling salesman who turns into a giant bug. Writer/director Chris Swanton, perhaps fueled by a first-timer's ambition, tackles this tale with a film that's quite faithful to the book. But while its source material will surely draw attention, the film is unlikely to satisfy many Kafka fans.