Movie Review - The Founder (2016)
PG-13 , 115 Minutes
The true story of how Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton), a struggling salesman from Illinois, met Mac (John Carroll Lynch) and Dick McDonald (Nick Offerman), who were running a burger operation in 1950s Southern California. Kroc was impressed by the brothers' speedy system of making the food and saw franchise potential. Kroc soon maneuvers himself into a position to be able to pull the company from the brothers and create a multi-billion dollar empire.
With a great actor like Michael Keaton as the leading member of the cast as well as having some accurate sets, The Founder was destined for greatness, just like the tiny 50s burger place it’s about. While it does have some flaws, this film can pretty much be summed up as an entertaining history movie that I wouldn’t mind watching again at some point. Keaton’s portrayal of Ray Kroc is, without a single doubt, the best part of this movie. The way you can gradually see him taking over McDonald’s is pretty satisfying from a storytelling point of view. I’m sure I’m not alone when I say my favorite scene was Kroc eating at the first McDonald’s for the first time and clearly having no idea what the hell was going on. Of course, there’s no such thing as a movie with no imperfections, and it’s the soundtrack for this one. While not everything can have the epic score of an action movie or the original songs of a Disney film, the repetitive tune that played whenever someone was driving a car really wasn’t for me. May I also add that there’s a whole lot of driving in this. The Founder, despite its flaws, is one of the better movies of 2016, one that I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend to some.
3 Words : McDonald’s History Lesson
Rotten Tomatoes : 82%
Audience Score : ?????
My Rating : 7.8 / 10