The Founder (2017)
McDonald’s is the biggest fast food chain in the world with 36,615 restaurants and grossing 5 billion a year after expenses. This is the story of how it all started with the McDonald’s brothers, Dick (Nick Offerman) and Mac (John Carroll Lynch), and Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton) who founded the McDonald’s corporation.
The Founder is more of a Hollywood documentary than it is a “movie.” It is a biopic that not only surrounds the people, but McDonald’s itself. This story shows us how Ray Kroc took a simple idea that Mac and Dick created for fast food, stole the idea, forced them out of the company and turned McDonald’s into a billion dollar company. Yup, that is correct! Ray Kroc is a scumbag who was so ambitious that he wouldn’t let the brother’s small dream stand in the way of his big pay day. You see, the brothers only had 1 location, but Ray talked with them about franchising the company and they became partners, but when Ray found a way to make money that the brothers couldn’t, he forced them out!
As far as a movie goes, Michael Keaton was perfect for this role. He plays the slime ball quite well and paints a good picture at the kind of man Ray really was. I feel sorry for the brothers but at the same time, they could have been right there along with Ray making the money but they continued to tell him no on many of his ideas. The scenes with Ray and his wife Ethel felt eerie and unnerving and I almost wished they were left out entirely, but they show how unloving and crazy Ray was. The movie isn’t one that people will watch over and over but it serves its purpose and educates us a bit on one of our most beloved fast food franchises. Thumbs up for Michael Keaton!
6/10 Stars – Well told and acted, The Founder educates us a bit on the beginning of McDonald’s and how a sleazy, ambitious man made his way to the top. Loses a point for rewatchability.