#FlowersInTheAtticTheOrigin and #KeepingUpWithTheJoneses – TV Reviews

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Flowers in the Attic: The Origin: Part One – Review

Flowers in the Attic: The Origin: Part One – Lifetime – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Unmarried Olivia Winfield is unlike any woman of her time because she works outside the home and is a partner in her father’s company. Mr. Winfield tells Olivia they will have a guest for dinner. The guest is the very wealthy and single Malcolm Foxworth. Olivia attempts to reject the pairing, but Mr. Winfield guilts her into talking to the high society man. At the dinner table, Olivia’s cousin, John Amos, joins them. Olivia and Malcolm have a battle of wits. Impressed, Malcolm invites her to go on a walk. 

Olivia is falling head over heels, but Malcolm isn’t forthcoming about his family. So, Olivia asks Mr. Winfield to dig deeper. Any discrepancy Mr. Winfield finds, Malcolm quickly explains them away. It’s not too long before the two get married. Olivia dreams of a Parisian honeymoon, but Malcolm wants to go to Foxworth Hall immediately. However, he promises to give Olivia a dream honeymoon soon. Malcolm tells Olivia that managing his grand-scale home will be a full-time job as they arrive. And he expects Olivia to handle it with grace and his standards. Olivia meets the staff, headed by Mrs. Steiner and her lady-in-waiting, Nella. Olivia finds the house overwhelming but decides to handle it full steam ahead. Olivia’s years of overseeing a company could never prepare her for Malcolm, Foxworth Hall, and the evil inside.

Based on Garden of Shadows by V.C. Andrews, this movie is the four-part prequel to Flowers in the Attic (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). Olivia tells her history in her last will and testament because she never could before. Since she and Malcolm shared the same name, any damage to him would be to her. She needs to free herself or outsmart him to gain control of the home. This movie should come with a trigger warning because it displays sexual assault. It will be uncomfortable to watch but allows viewers to see what caused Olivia to break mentally. And the cinematography of the home helps you see this beautiful mansion as a prison or gilded cage. This film covers World War I and the 19th amendment within the plot to remind you why Olivia can’t walk out. Before watching this movie, you must see Flowers in the Attic (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). This movie does not provide a recap because it’s a prequel. For fans of the series, this entry is a must.

I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars

The only thing that takes longer than forgiveness is revenge – Olivia

God did not give me a son, but fortune has given me something much greater – Mr. Winfield

Of course, you’d deny me the one thing I want – Malcolm

I hope you do – Nella

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Keeping Up With the Joneses: The Wrong Nemesis – Review

Keeping Up With the Joneses: The Wrong Nemesis – LMN – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Robin anxiously waits for the police to declare her husband, Web, dead so she can inherit his properties. However, Robin’s lawyer, Leo, tells Robin that the police are searching for Web’s body and suspect her of murder. Until then, Robin wants to focus on Carrie’s Crystal Water Foundation and developing properties around the family’s new golden resource: water. Carrie wants to provide clean drinking water to everyone with her new beau, Lance, by her side. The Jones women still aren’t sure about Lance, but they are happy to see Carrie glowing. Kayla walks outside to check on Tara because Tara left her private school for community college. The move seems strange to Tara’s family, but it’s the ideal setting for her. Kayla is making moves in the dating world. She wants to keep her ex-fiancé in the past and enjoy her single life. But the family’s name adds complication for all the women. Between a secret child, schemers, and eco-terrorist, this family has no shortage of enemies. They have so many on their heels that they have their eyes on the wrong nemesis.

Wow! Oh, wow! This movie takes the definition of twist and turns and throws it into a tornado. The plot carefully introduces new characters, establishes familiar faces, and gives you business classes in two hours. And let’s not forget the endless laughs at the Jones’s wicked ways. You will want to be a part of the family, sometimes. The storyline helps propel each character’s story forward and gear you up for the next movie. And special applause goes to the wardrobe, hair, and makeup team. The women are runway and business ready with flawless style viewers will want to duplicate. If this is how the season starts, rest assured no one is ready for the end. Kudos on rebooting the series with more zeal, drama, class, and fashion than the first season.

I give it 5 out of 5 stars

So are you getting tired of it yet – Pam

Who knew finding a body could be such a headache – Robin

I’m getting out of it what I can – Tara

The only thing they have in common is blood – Carrie

He’s a good problem to have – Sheldon

You don’t know what the hell you’re talking about – Kayla

Shall I plead my case – Lance

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