Midnight Mass

Midnight Mass ★★★★★

We tend to dislike mysteries. We feel uncomfortable not knowing. The more that we know, the less we bend. The more brittle we become. The easier to break. - Father Paul

Coming back to his archetype, Mike Flanagan once again proves himself as genuine modern horror maker i always look up to. Midnight Mass might not as inventive as his recent catalogue, it may less scary in the surfaces, nor even atmospheric, more like straight-forward, basically the opposite executions as what we found in -Hill and -Bly. It contains deeper thought than i thought, well at this point Flanagan made it all about faith, religion, and indictment.

Midnight Mass probably is less frightening after the mystery unfolds, the sense of creepiness are way below from other Flanagan's works, the exact horror that i caught from his vision didn't come from the amount of its gruesome or monstrous mayhem, although you will see this quite unnerving at some point while at the same time left you clueless about the uncanny events. But they likely come from everyone who loses and falls too far from their belief, they couldn't bare what comes next and deliberately choose to slam anything that cross their path whether is about dismissing a soul, that act itself on my point was true act of evil even without a literal devil existence.

There're a lot of bible symbolism that often merely given in form of long sermon explicitly, it's making more sense as like they include us to their regular mass, taking what's best and dispose what's not. The messages sometimes clearly stated but humanity overthere doing otherwise clashing its true matter and making juxtaposition in our perception. That is somehow makes me think that Flanagan just aims us to think further rather than to scream louder.

One of the good things about Flanagan works is that how he always pays a great empathy to his characters. Midnight Mass accurately shows an elegiac tribute to their post-traumas they've been through and plunge you in the wider perspectives without deceiting moral ambiguities. Thus so far, 3 first episodes that commemorate the personal growth from each others grief sounds bit tedious and talkative, but Flanagan equally balances the pace by unveiling the mysteries gradually before everything wreaks havoc in such pinnacle in last 2 episodes.

Other than that i love the productions, the set tones doesn't evoke your inner claustrophobic as we were in haunted house but it does make you feel isolated somewhere beyond. A lot of long shot has been incorporated since it's always been Flanagan best way to implicate real catastrophe and capture his very best detail for us to determine. Well i'm not gonna lie the narrative might frequently loses its core points, even it took me sometimes to understand the way Flanagan's ambitions densely wrapped at every soliloquies.

But Trust me all the built up seems so fair in the last act after Flanagan's signature emotional resonance shows, that is something i found deeply profound about his work.

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