“Violet, you’re turning violet, Violet!”
I have been told that the remake of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which opens today, has relocated the five kids — Violet Beauregarde, now a karate champ as well as a relentless gum-chewer, is now, apparently, from suburban Atlanta.
Y’all are free to speculate on (a) the sociological implications; (b) which part of suburban Atlanta, exactly (I vote for Marietta); (c) whether this makes her eventual comeuppance more or less satisfying.
I’m ambivalent about the movie itself, being fairly loyal to the original. The new Violet is going to have a hard time improving on the satire of vulgar can-do Americanism embodied by Violet and her dad in the 1971 film. But if you were going to put any of the five children near here, Violet or Mike Teevee makes the best choice.