Does the 'Star Wars' franchise need to grow up?
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Does the 'Star Wars' franchise need to grow up?

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Geeks are reveling as May the Fourth, the unofficial "Star Wars" holiday, kicks off. The "Star Wars" franchise continues to produce hit after hit despite the different tones in each film. Diehards are split between the desire for a grittier war epic like "Rogue One" or the lighthearted fan-pleaser "The Force Awakens."  Some like it fun, some like it dark—nobody liked "The Last Jedi." What do you think? 🚀

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So, what makes "Star Wars", "Star Wars"?

The original trilogy was stuck with limited technology and traditional filmmaking techniques. Both those limitations, coupled with a relatively low production budget, helped give "Star Wars" an iconic, grounded and lived-in aesthetic (an aesthetic "Rogue One" nailed btw).

But the franchise has an overarching lighthearted tone that borders on campy at times (and amplified by the much-maligned prequels). Fans love "Star Wars" because it's a big, loud space opera that nails those fun adventure beats. We want to cheer, not to cry.

Just like those who shall not be named, the "Harry Potter" franchise started off the same way—a light tone gave way to and more mature, darker themes with each subsequent installment. "Rogue One" also veered away from the main storyline and got into the realities of what war is like for everyone else in the galaxy. Maybe we all need to grow up someday.

Is this darker tone more fitting, or would it get away from what makes a "Star Wars" film?

It seems opinionated uber nerd Kevin Smith thinks a darker tone is exactly what "Star Wars" is all about!

The most talked about scene from "Rogue One" was also the franchise's most brutal and terrifying to date. 

"Rogue One" literally took a chance on a single sentence from the original opening crawl of the first film. Fans had some high praise for what is essentially a war epic.

But it would seem that "The Force Awakens" is just what some people are looking for. "Star Wars" is best as a light adventure fare, not a nihilistic war drama.

Some critics have gotten right to the point of what they argue is wrong with this new, darker direction the series seems intent on taking.

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