The movie is simultaneously an apogee of the classic Western style, with its principled violence in defense of just law, and an eccentrically hyperbolic work of modernism, which yokes both bumptious erotic comedy and soul-searing rawness to the mission.
To watch Rio Bravo is to see a master craftsman at work. The film is seamless. There is not a shot that is wrong. It is uncommonly absorbing, and the 141-minute running time flows past like running water.
No matter what you think of Zinnemann's High Noon (I'm mixed), it's directly responsible for the making of Hawks' most entertaining and classic Western, which displays all of his thematic concerns, such as the emergence of an intimate male camaraderie