Review: When You Finish Saving The World

Posted in Film Reviews, Film Reviews 2023 by - January 20, 2023
Review: When You Finish Saving The World

When You Finish Saving The World  (2023)
R ‧  Coming-Of-Age Comedy-Drama ‧ 1 H 28 M
Written by Jesse Eisenberg

Directed by ‎Jesse Eisenberg


  • Julianne Moore as Evelyn Katz
  • Finn Wolfhard as Ziggy Katz
  • Alisha Boe as Lila
  • Jay O. Sanders as Roger Katz
  • Billy Bryk as Kyle
  • Eleonore Hendricks as Angie


(In their own words) Evelyn and her oblivious son Ziggy seek out replacements for each other as Evelyn desperately tries to parent an unassuming teenager at her shelter, while Ziggy fumbles through his pursuit of a brilliant young woman at school.


The BEST things about the film

  1. The Acting – Each of the actors does a really good job, especially Juilianne Moore. I was really impressed with the earnestness with which she pursued trying to become important to this young man because of the rejection she felt from her own son. Her performance is very clear, specific and she’s a pleasure to watch.
  2. The Writing – The script on this was really good. I really liked the way the relationships were created. I like the dynamics it created with the relationships that both Evelyn and Ziggy are trying to create. They are trying to force bonds with new people when they could simply be trying to repair the relationships they already have.
  3. The Direction – The film was really nicely paced and had some quite wonderful moments. The director really allowed the scenes to play out and let us discover who these people are. It is a carefully crafted story, yet feels very natural.
  4. The characters – These characters are ones that stick with you. When thinking back to the film, what really stands out is their behaviors and wrestling with what happens between each of them. Each member of the family is broken in subtle, relatable ways. The combination of the writing of the script and the performances of the actors really created some memorable characters.


The WORST things about the Film

  1. It’s not an exciting film, but I don’t mean it is in any way boring. It just definitely leans on the side of exploration of characters. It’s helping to understand.
  2. There’s not enough backstory of how the family go to the way they are now.


There isn’t a replacement for what you already have. 




A finely crafted film featuring nuanced performances, well-paced scenes, wonderful moments, and complex characters. The film sticks with you a little bit longer than you expect. Julianne Moore has an exceptional performance as a mother who can manage other people’s crises but not her own family.  First-time feature film director Jesse Eisenberg also penned the script and shows he can deliver a first-rate, personal, funny, and memorable movie. 

My 3L system gives me the choice to Love It, Like It, or Lose It. 

When You Finish Saving The World gets a Like It.



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When he’s not reviewing films or interviewing people for the Black & A Half podcast, Silas Lindenstein can be found in the greater metro Seattle, WA working as a real estate agent helping people buy and sell homes, or performing stand up comedy to fellow nerds. He has a wife and three children and desperately wants to learn to make the perfect homemade pizza.

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