Michael Keaton as Ray Kroc works as well as a 30 second service cheeseburger in a bag with fries and a vanilla shake. His superb acting performance leads the incredible story of how the American fast food restaurant started its empire. The story alone is powerful but does the film produce ultimate customer satisfaction?
“The story of Ray Kroc, a salesman who turned two brothers’ innovative fast food eatery, McDonald’s, into one of the biggest restaurant businesses in the world with a combination of ambition, persistence, and ruthlessness.” -IMDB
John Lee Hancock
Robert D. Siegel
Biography, Drama, History
Fri 20 Jan 2017 UTC
IMDB Rating: 7.2
The Founder was directed by John Lee Hancock who has a nice resume of films behind him: 2013 Saving Mr. Banks, 2009 The Blind Side, and more. I particularly enjoyed The Blind Side, I thought it portrayed a true story quite emotionally on-screen. I feel has made another winner true story adaptation with this film.
Nick Offerman plays Dick McDonald, one of the two brothers who started the legendary franchise. He’s been around the block but is probably best known to the masses for his role on Parks and Recreation. He is the shrewd one, not allowing Kroc to succeed in some of his schemes to make himself rich. Having read about him apart from the film, I can tell you we have him to thank for anything wholesome about the food.
The amazing and well-known actor John Carroll Lynch (Fargo, The Walking Dead …) plays Mac McDonald, the jolly supportive brother who likes to believe in Kroc. It was his support that really allowed the franchises to start. These two are excellent in their roles. Michael Keaton steals the movie with a dab of every role he’s played thrown into the character. Suffice it to say, the acting is top-notch. You definitely get a show between the three of these. Patrick Wilson and Laura Dern both have small roles and I love their performances as well.
While not the full story of McDonald’s up to Kroc’s death, there is a lot here to satisfy the curious McDonald’s lover (like me). With retro cars, buildings, props, and wardrobe, it’s fascinating to watch how things started and got into full swing. You see it through the point of view of Kroc, who is a very passionate and ruthless dreamer. Many questions are left unanswered, most especially the one of what’s more important in business: money and success or people and integrity.
I loved this movie. It’s a chance to see Keaton play his famous pissed off maniacal self. I saw a little of his Gung Ho performance along with Mr. Mom and even a little bit of ruthless Birdman. The McDonald’s story is an American treasure. It shows the pitfalls of free enterprise alongside the pleasures. Kroc gave a lot of joy to people with McDonald’s food across the globe. It’s a good question to think about though whether it gave him true joy or partial heartache. Knowing his story, that was left out and I kind of missed it.