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V.C. Andrews’ Hidden Jewel 2021 Movie Review Poster Trailer Online
Director: Michael Robison
Writers: Virginia C. Andrews (based on the book) (as V.C. Andrews), Virginia C. Andrews
Stars: Raechelle Banno, Karina Banno, Kristian Alfonso
The entire Andreas family has one brain cell, and only Pearl gets a turn with it.
Pearl was the rockstar of V.C. Andrews’ Hidden Jewel, and Jennifer Laporte is the crown gem of Lifetime’s V.C. Andrews sagas. To refresh your memory, Laporte swooped in and closed the chapter of the Casteel series during V.C. Andrews’ Web of Dreams and excelled too.
Jennifer Laporte is a closer and damned good at it.
She spins gold with the ludicrous plots and craziness, and she keeps you engaged. Inquiring minds want to know if Laporte and Banno need icepacks after carrying this film on their backs like this.
Hidden Jewel eased us up to the early 80s, and the clothes reflected it. It also leaned into the supernatural, mysticism, and mystery that the series abandoned after Ruby, and it played out like a variation of The CW’s Nancy Drew right down to the pretty people.
Everyone is so pretty, you know? And Claude thought he was a ten among single-digit numbers. As if, sir.
If he was a ten, why couldn’t he find another ten to put up with his misogynistic ass?
The headstrong, determined, fearless Pearl singlehandedly keeping what was left of her family together for most of the movie did not align with the girl who let a basic ass boy like Claude break her heart.
Protect your space, my loves. Wasting precious tears and time on a classless man, you say? Rebuke it!
Once free from the shackles of a f*ckboy, Pearl focused on important things, including spending some time with her family before she went off to school.
Another one of the best parts about this film is how it didn’t take itself too seriously. “I remember when I was your age; it doesn’t seem that long ago at all” is just perfectly cheeky dialogue, yes?
Pearl and her parents looked the same age. They didn’t even try to age-up Ruby and Beau — their attempts at it were laughable. You factor in that Pearl had to play the adult the entire movie, and it was hysterical across the board.
Is this not what it’s like as the eldest first-born daughter in a family? At the rate they were going, kid Pierre could only rely on his sister to ensure he didn’t croak along with his brother, and his parents were off on excursions or drowning in their sorrows and booze.
I’m looking at you, Beau. If you’re wondering if Beau was perceived any better this time around, the answer is a resounding no.
He and Ruby didn’t feel like a happily married couple at all. I would’ve bet he was carrying on an affair with some secretary, but the Andreas family was living a life of privilege that very well may have still been funded by Beau’s trust fund and Ruby’s paintings, so he probably didn’t have one.
Beau still felt disconnected from everyone and everything around him. And his insistence that Ruby’s belief system was rubbish only solidified that he didn’t respect all aspects of the woman he claimed to love, and it was he who is trash.
He considered Ruby’s faith in mysticism and voodoo as “the only thing she hasn’t been able to let go of,” which sounds like Ruby needed to abandon her core as a woman from the Bayou to be ideal.
At least Ruby felt determined to get in touch with her roots and get to the bottom of what was obviously more than coincidence. Pearl and Beau thought she was coo-coo for cocoa puffs, but you can’t say Ruby wasn’t trying to put in the work (nor that Banno wasn’t fantastic portraying all of the manic madness).
Beau, as per usual, was useless. He didn’t respect Ruby’s beliefs, disregarded her Cajun culture, wasn’t helping her grieve, barely handled anything at the hospital with Pierre, and seemed disinterested when Ruby left.
Let’s be honest; the only reason Beau was still a factor this late into the game is that Ruby was an artist, so she had an eye for beauty. Beau had about as much value as a painting used for decor.
They must’ve figured this out, which is why he took that hilarious tumble down the stairs and spent the rest of the film fridged until the women (and John) handled everything else.
By the time Beau rolled in needing surgery and a cast, the poor doctor had to think the Andreas family was cursed. Sorry, there’s no scientific explanation for that level of bad luck, and ole doc just minded his business and waited for the miracle to happen.
The reintroduction of Nina and Mama Dede was fun. Also, was Mama Dede immortal, or have the ancestors blessed her by way of Black Don’t Crack? The woman hadn’t aged an iota since Ruby saw her as a teenager, and I’m pretty sure she was presumably “older” for a solid decade before that.