Does the 'Star Wars' franchise need to grow up? | The Tylt
Does the 'Star Wars' franchise need to grow up?
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?