The literary adaptations are a little thin on the ground this March but there is still something to see at the cinema, no matter what your taste may be – from an alien invasion to a children's story. Of course there's also your standard romance if you like things a bit more straightforward.
Another Nicholas Sparks novel has been adapted for the big screen – well they do sort of lend themselves to it! This time, the book in question is Safe Haven which follows one woman on the run who gets a little too comfortable in a small town only to discover she has to flee again because she has been found – but her new man is desperate to keep her safe. The film stars Julianne Hough, Josh Duhamel and Cobie Smulders. If you enjoyed Dear John, The Notebook, The Lucky One or any of Sparks' other adaptations, this may well be for you.
The Paperboy by Pete Dexter may not be an incredibly well-known novel to many book-lovers but this film adaptation has certainly sparked controversy – especially thanks to a particular scene involving Nicole Kidman and urine. Reviews are divided but many agree it is one of Kidman's most impressive performances.
Early figures for Jack the Giant Slayer in the US are not looking promising but this new take on the Jack and the Giant Beanstalk tale sees Nicholas Hoult in the titular role and casts him opposite Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Ian McShane and plenty of CGI giants. It looks like a fun adventure for the family and certainly promises a few laughs.
The big adaptation of the month has to be The Host, based on the 'other' novel written by bestselling author Stephenie Meyer. The film certainly looks promising and has all the action, romance, angst and drama you might expect from Meyer – except minus the vampires and werewolves and with the addition of some rather cool aliens who take over our minds and inhabit our bodies. After being taken over by these aliens, Saoirse Ronan's Melanie is apparently not so quick to relinquish her mind and with the battle set between the two minds battling to control her body plus the tortured young romance, this one could be a surprise hit.