We want to be excited about the latest film version of Franz Kafka's 1915 novella The Metamorphosis (get free etext here), especially because it's an indie production, and we just can't see the existential drama of Gregor Samsa's journey from human to insect surviving a major studio adaptation. Furthermore, we love Nick Searcy in the F/X drama, Justified, and we're happy to see him on the big screen.
We can accept the marketing twist of turning Samsa into a 17-year-old boy, but after seeing the concept art in the filmmakers' trailer, we're wondering if the proposed feature's biggest star might be the special effects. Give it a watch and let us know what you think.
Sheerly Avni is a San Francisco-based arts and culture writer. Her work has appeared in Salon, LA Weekly, Mother Jones, and many other publications. You can follow her on twitter at @sheerly.