Review: V.C. Andrews’ Hidden Jewel 2021 By Michael Robison
Hidden Jewel finds Ruby trying to find a new life for her children and desperate to protect her beloved daughter from the dark secrets she harbors. Raised amidst the privileges in New Orleans, Pearl (Laporte) aspires to become a doctor, but when an unfortunate accident occurs to one of her twin brothers, Pearl’s dreams are threatened and Ruby runs, once again back to the bayou. And when one of Pearl’s younger brothers becomes deathly ill, she must journey to the backwaters to find her mother and uncover the mysterious secrets of her past. Hidden Jewel premieres Sunday, March 28 at 8/7c.
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.
Among one of many awful offenses, Pearl didn’t even know about Paul. No wonder his spirit was unsettled!
It was such utter disrespect to Paul and his memory that neither Ruby nor Beau took the time to tell Pearl about her uncle and how much he loved and sacrificed. It’s enraging when you think about it.
Maybe that’s why the notion that misfortune fell on the Andreas family because of a hex seemed perfectly reasonable. Ruby was desperate to figure out what she could’ve done to bring bad “gree-gree” to her family, and the list is pretty damn long.