We haven’t heard much about A24’s Finn Wolfhard and Julianne Moore-led film When You Finish Saving the World since it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last January.
Along with the two huge names in the cast, the picture marks Jesse Eisenberg’s transition from actor to filmmaker, with the Fleishman in Trouble actor making his directing debut. Two important upgrades have been published after a lengthy wait. We now have a theatrical release date for the picture, January 20, 2023, as well as the first trailer.
The trailer shows that Evelyn (Moore) and her teenage son Ziggy have a hard time getting along (Wolfhard). Evelyn goes outside and runs a shelter for families in need, while Ziggy is a normal teenager who doesn’t care much about anything that doesn’t directly affect him.
Ziggy is trying to win over his high school crush, Lila (Alisha Boe), a young woman who sees how unfair the world is and is aware of it. But there is something else that is very important to him. He wants to play his songs for thousands of people on a live stream and become well-known on the internet.
His music is a big source of tension between Ziggy and his mother, who frequently interrupts his live performances. Meanwhile, circumstances at Evelyn’s shelter get more difficult for her as Kyle (Billy Bryk), a young guy with a kind heart but a bad family life, enters the picture, prompting Evelyn’s maternal instincts to kick in in the hopes of providing him with someone to look up to.
The trailer also showed Ziggy’s father, Roger Katz (Jay O. Sanders), who is the odd man out with both of his family members so preoccupied with themselves. The play focuses on the mother and son’s differences while also revealing how similar they are in many respects and how they remain in their own bubbles.
Eisenberg not only directed the movie, but he also wrote the script and helped write the all-original score. For music, he worked with Wolfhard and Emile Mosseri, who was nominated for an Oscar (Minari). Wolfhard is best known for his role in the hit science fiction show Stranger Things on Netflix, but many people also know him as the lead singer and rhythm guitarist in the indie bands Calpurnia and The Aubreys.
When You Finish Saving the World combines Wolfhard’s two biggest interests, so we think he was more than ready to start working on the production.
Collider’s own Ross Bonaime lauded Eisenberg’s direction as well as his writing in a review, adding that “Eisenberg handles a difficult balance for Evelyn and Ziggy, both of whom are ignorant and lost, and frequently infuriating in their drive to find what they’re missing.”
He also praises the leading duo’s performances, writing, “When You Finish Saving the World works because of the performances by Wolfhard and Moore.”
When You Finish Saving the World’s trailer is included below.