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Monday, January 24, 2022

When You Finish Saving the World Hollywood Movie Honest Review

When You Finish Saving the World Hollywood Movie Honest Review

Quick Glance

Director: Jesse Eisenberg

Writer: Jesse Eisenberg

Stars: Julianne Moore Finn Wolfhard Billy Bryk

IMBD Rating: 6.6/10

Gener: Comedy Drama

Storyline and Movie Review

WHEN YOU FINISH SAVING THE WORLD is an American comedic drama. Jesse Eisenberg makes his directorial debut with this film. It's based on his own audio drama of the same name, which he's now turned into a feature film. 

It stars Julianne Moore and Finn Wolfhard as mother and son, and it has a really strange air to it that I really enjoyed. Knowing Jesse Eisenberg throughout the course of his now twenty-year acting career, I can confidently state that this picture feels like him. 

It has a neurotic, awkward air to it, as well as a lot of energy. It's certainly designed to have a cringe tone to it, and I thought it was hilarious. Our characters believe they are pretty large and significant in what they do, despite the fact that the film is just 90 minutes long and doesn't seek to convey a huge or particularly important story. 

And they are in some ways, but they are also quite arrogant, and as the title says, it's also about the rather pompous concept that our small deeds are about saving the world. When our true motivations are all about massaging our own ego. 


Both of the main characters are narcissistic, and the film does a good job of contrasting these two members of a dysfunctional family. They're distinct, yet they're also very similar. Both storylines are alternated throughout the film. 

We follow Finn Wolfhard's Ziggy, a young teenager who writes and sings shallow folk-pop songs that have amassed an internet audience of over 20.000 people. It's something he's quite proud of. But when he falls in love with someone who is passionate about politics, he realizes how little he understands about the subject. 

Despite this, the fight never becomes too intense, and the film maintains its pleasant sarcastic tone. It has no intention of making these people especially likable. They're mostly full of nonsense, which is sort of refreshing. 

Evelyn, Ziggy's mother, is the director of a women's shelter, played by Julianne Moore. So she's obviously making a difference. But she also wants to mold a young adolescent, the son of a newcomer, into the person she feels he should be. 

And, in any case, her interest in him is a little bit deeper. It's another odd little flick. Jesse Eisenberg switches between these two plot threads, which bounce off each other but always merge back into one. After all, it's a family, and Ziggy and Evelyn both live in the same house. 

And so is Roger, Evelyn's husband, and Ziggy's father, who is a humorous guy in his own right since the scenario is so weird. It's difficult to live with these two narcissists. They are both returning home after having entirely forgotten about something that was very significant to him at one of the most painful moments. 


The characters in WHEN YOU FINISH SAVING THE WORLD have a good dynamic. The language is razor-sharp, with excellent comedic timing, and Julianne Moore and Finn Wolfhard are outstanding in their respective parts. Eisenberg also manages to create a pleasing look in his debut film. The photographs have a grainy, "overcast" quality to them. 

I really liked how classical music was used. But, most importantly, I was completely on board with the film's sense of humor and lovely awkwardness. For example, there's this time when Evelyn is waiting for an elevator and strikes up a discussion with one of her coworkers. 

She tries to strike up a conversation, but her employee is concerned that she is about to be fired because she is unusual. And it's completely understandable.

Final Thoughts & Score

WHEN YOU FINISH SAVING THE WORLD isn't a very complex, profound, or wonderfully produced picture, but I believe it's a really charming and sweet debut feature, and the more I thought about it, the more I was captivated by it. It was undoubtedly a fantastic start to the festival for me. WHEN YOU FINISH SAVING THE WORLD gets a 7 out of 10 from me. It's closer to 7.2, but I don't do it.


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