15 Years of AOTC: The Similarities With “Rio Bravo”

A film blog called Smitty’s Gelato just happened to have written this amazing piece comparing AOTC with Howard Hawks’ Western “Rio Bravo.”  This is mostly from a filmmaking perspective but it’s pretty cool to check out and I’d bet money this is absolutely intentional:

Both films follow a mentor and a student as they track the assassin. In Attack of the Clones, the mentor is Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) and the student is Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen). In Rio Bravo, the mentor is Chance (John Wayne) and the student is Dude (Dean Martin). We find that both mentors have concerns about their students’ capacities to embody the lucid persona. Obi-Wan’s concern is established back at Padmé’s apartment. He expresses concern over using Padmé as bait, but Anakin assures Obi-Wan that “no harm will come to her. I can sense everything going on in that room.” Obi-Wan disagrees, arguing that Anakin’s “senses aren’t that attuned.” A similar exchange occurs in Rio Bravo when Dude informs Chance that the assailant is still inside the saloon. Chance inquires, “How do you know?” Dude answers “I can see both doors from here.”

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One Response to “15 Years of AOTC: The Similarities With “Rio Bravo””

  1. Nariel Says:

    Very interesting analysis!

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