- Year of Release
- Drama / Horror
- 7 hours 30 mins
For some folks, there is a thin line between what is good and what is evil, and Midnight Mass does a phenomenal job of blurring that line until it’s almost transparent. Midnight Mass explores how the arrival of a charismatic priest challenges a remote island community to question their beliefs.
Many questions arise after the first few episodes of Midnight Mass that don’t receive clear answers until closer to the end of the series, which is a brilliant stroke of storytelling. You will undoubtedly try to put things together in your head, but none of it clicks until about halfway through. We will give you a slight hint, though, to help you along; try and take note of each episode’s title.
The giant elephant in the room is how everyone is forced to question their faith, which is covered in-depth throughout the show. And the questions seem to continue to pile up as you get deeper and deeper into the characters and their connection to what is happening on the island. Father Paul seems like a dutiful priest who genuinely cares about his constituents. Still, even he eventually begins to question his beliefs. And the question of religion is covered from multiple angles. Who exactly is God? Once Father Paul announces what can only be described as a “miracle of God”, things slowly unravel in the quaint island community. Father Paul has a secret. And he’s going to move heaven and earth to keep it. Pray you don’t get in the way (pun intended).
Several characters in the show are worth taking notice of. The first is the priest Father Paul (played amazingly by Hamish Linklater), and the other three are Riley Flynn (Zach Gilford), Erin Greene (played by Katy Siegel) and Bev Keane (Samantha Sloyan). The casting is perfect – particularly Hamish Linklater as Father Paul and Samantha Sloywan as Bev Keane, who deliver powerful performances. You might have a favourite character by the end, or you might find yourself swaying to one side and then the other. The characters feel like real people, and you can see parts of yourself in them. And this makes for some potent storytelling – the kind of storytelling you’ll remember long after the series has ended.
The location for Midnight Mass directly impacts how the story unfolds; the isolation on the island makes everything so much more difficult. And this again is a stroke of genius on behalf of the writer. No matter how close a community might appear to be, there will always be a line drawn in the sand when it comes to faith – you either believe or you don’t. Bev Keane is Father Paul’s “right hand” in everything. Her belief in God is almost fanatical, so the story builds around her unwavering faith in the priest and his message.
Midnight Mass is one of the best shows I’ve had the pleasure to watch recently, and I highly recommend it, especially if you enjoy things a little on the darker side. Midnight Mass is classified as horror, and there are many graphic sequences in the show which will primarily appeal to seasoned horror fans. So don’t watch it if you’re squeamish!
Originally reviewed for Keithlovesmovies
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