The Founder, 2016

Directed by: John Lee Hancock

Starring: Michael Keaton, Nick Offerman, John Carroll Lynch


The Founder stars Michael Keaton as Ray Kroc, the ‘Founder’ of McDonalds and chronicles the true story of his and McDonalds rise to the goliath of a company that it is today. The film clearly sets out to depict the events accurately, and they certainly don’t sugar coat it: Ray Kroc was a total asshole, but he was also kind of brilliant and inspiring.

Michael Keaton’s performance was just perfect. I have no more to say on the matter. I also really liked Nick Offerman and John Carroll Lynch as the McDonald brothers. They felt very real and sympathetic, but the film never oversteps its bounds in manipulating the audience to feel for them through dramatic soundtrack, it’s really just the circumstances and the performances pushing the emotional buttons, which is a style I feel works well for this kind of story. The knowledge that the events unfolding really happened is more than sufficient to make you feel sympathetic

Honestly the best reason to see this movie is to see the story play out, it’s very interesting, it’s not too long, and you will easily be captivated from start to finish. It really is fascinating to see how it all played out. It was also very well shot and had some really great character scenes, which certainly don’t hurt the viewing experience.

I feel as though some of the sub-plots were very rushed and thus felt a little unsatisfying, and the soundtrack was a little stock in places, but otherwise I have very little to complain about here.

I expected The Founder to be good, but it was honestly a little better than what I was expecting. If you’re at all interested, check out the trailer, it very accurately depicts the kind of movie you’re going to get. (… ) And strangely, despite all the awful history about McDonalds I’d just learned, I was craving a Quarter Pounder afterwards. Not sure how to explain that one.

I highly recommend The Founder.


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