‘Glorious’ Lives Up to Its Title with a Wildly Entertaining Descent Into Laughs and Bodily Fluids

A easy request, a grand reward, and a glory gap.


By Rob Hunter · Published on July twenty second, 2022

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Plenty of films have memorable scenes set in bogs (The Warriors, 1979; The Shining, 1980; The World’s End, 2013), however what number of motion pictures are you able to consider set virtually solely in a rest room? It’s a fairly small record that most likely begins with Stalled (2013) and ends with We Need to Do Something (2021), however now a third contender has entered the tiled thunderdome — and it’s superb. No, actually, Glorious pits a troubled younger man in opposition to the cosmic horrors unleashed by way of a relaxation cease glory gap, and the result’s a wildly entertaining descent into comedy, horror, and public rest room etiquette.

Wes (Ryan Kwanten) is having a unhealthy couple of days, and the street journey he’s on doesn’t appear to be serving to. He misses his girlfriend, and whereas the main points of their breakup aren’t initially clear, it’s apparent that he’s in misery. A relaxation cease break sees him burn his belongings — his pants go up in flames, however a teddy bear doll is spared — and get blackout drunk, however he’s shocked the following morning when a go to to the toilet reveals another person (J.Okay. Simmons) within the stall beside him. The mysterious and unseen man seems to be no man in any respect, and quickly Wes finds himself caught up in a dialog that brings him to the brink of cosmic horror.

Glorious units up a easy however absurd idea and then just about nails the execution with solely the smallest of bumps alongside the way in which. The movie delivers huge laughs all through stemming equally from the banter between Wes and the voice and the physical antics that unfold inside the rest room’s partitions. More critical beats are afforded the influence they deserve, however it’s the wild leisure of all of it that powers the film by way of to its satisfying conclusion.

Director Rebekah McKendry‘s third film (after a middling Christmas horror movie and a made-for-television thriller) is an absolute banger of an existential comedy exploring everything from toilet seat bacteria to humankind’s final insignificance within the universe. Brief parts of the movie unfold outdoors the restroom, however a lot of the magic occurs inside with McKendry, cinematographer David Matthews, and artwork director Peter Kelly doing wonders with the confined space. Its look by no means grows tiresome or uninteresting because the movie retains all of it feeling recent, whether or not we’re awash in blood, gazing by way of a glory gap, or glimpsing some form of impending Lovecraftian nightmare.

That sudden scale, each of visuals and concepts, is a part of what lifts Glorious effectively past its designation as merely a “bathroom-set horror/comedy.” There are grand concepts at play right here because the voice’s intentions slowly come clear, and Wes’ realization that he may simply be all that stands between humanity’s continued existence or extinction raises the stakes on what’s requested of him. And sure, after all it entails that glory gap.

The script (by Joshua Hull and David Ian McKendry, from a story by Todd Rigney) doles out info on each Wes and the supposed god within the second stall with precision. Each new element provides to the story and the enjoyable, and whereas the second act teases minor redundancies right here and there, the following giggle, reveal, or glimpse of a monstrous being is all the time right across the nook. Half of the enjoyable of the movie is in seeing the place it goes subsequent from the confines of that loo, and even once you suppose you will have a agency grasp on things, Glorious nonetheless manages to pull one thing sudden out of 1 gap or one other.

Kwanten and Simmons by no means meet in particular person — the latter by no means seems in any respect — however the two performers discover a compelling rhythm of their conversations. What begins as gentle chatter between strangers in an uncomfortable setting rapidly turns into observations on life, love, duty, and extra. It could be critical, however the pair additionally ship barbs and jokes that earn laughs whereas nonetheless feeling a a part of their natural circulation. Simmons’ dry supply is perfection with a number of the greater laughs. A number of different faces seem on display screen all through, all superb, however that is in the end Kwanten’s present, and he delivers from begin to end. His journey is a wild one overlaying all of the emotional gamuts, and he takes viewers alongside with him your entire method. Just make sure to wash your palms afterward…

Glorious is a splendidly misleading movie. It’s humorous, however it’s additionally considerate, stunning, and unapologetically bizarre. Yes, it delivers the laughs that eventual trailers will promise (trailers that I can assure you’ll need to keep away from), however there’s a lot extra hiding simply beneath the floor — and on the opposite side of that glory gap.

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Rob Hunter has been writing for Film School Rejects since earlier than you have been born, which is bizarre seeing as he is so rattling younger. He’s our Chief Film Critic and Associate Editor and lists ‘Broadcast News’ as his favourite movie of all time. Feel free to say hello in the event you see him on Twitter @FakeRobHunter.

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