Henry and Fay’s son Ned sets out to find and kill his father for destroying his mother’s life. But his aims are frustrated by the troublesome Susan, whose connection to Henry predates even his arrival in the lives of the Grim family.
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A not-particularly-shy-about-spoilers plot synopsis would suggest that Ned Rifle is the perfect end to the trilogy it necessarily finalizes. 'Tis a fine accomplishment in that regard. However, it is impossible to deny that this movie is resolutely pretty poor. It feels like it has been hurriedly put together for the mere sake of so doing. At least the three holdovers (Posey, Urbaniak, and Ryan) are great fun.
TIFF '14 Not the grand return of Hal Hartley that us fans had hoped for but still a welcome return of his beloved characters and stock company. The trilogy concludes but doesn't live up to the previous two entries despite the trademark wit, dialogue and quirkiness. One can't fault the cast or even the direction the film just feels like forced continuance as opposed to inspired creation. Plaza a welcome newcomer.
The classic Hartley aesthetic is in place: deadpan delivery, literate artificiality, cool ironic detachment and the search for an ever elusive answer to how to live in a world in which ideas and philosophies constantly interact. The classic Hartley cast is also in place. The journey is most enjoyable with numerous engaging, droll and even piquant moments along the way.