This biopic of businessman Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton) chronicles his work transforming McDonald's from a small burger chain in 1950s California to a global franchise. Along the way, he wrests control of the company from its actual founders, the McDonald brothers (Nick Offerman and John Carroll Lynch), who believe that Kroc's business decisions are stripping the restaurant of its heart and soul. Linda Cardellini, Laura Dern, B.J. Novak, and Patrick Wilson co-star. Directed by John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side, Saving Mr. Banks).~Jack Rodgers
This movie is based off a true story it is not slow and boring like some films. If you have ever seen saving MR.Banks its very similar to that movie. I have seen it 2 times now and will keep it on my favorites list for a very long time.
In The Founder, Michael Keaton as Ray Kroc favors the saying, "fortune favors the bold," but the question that comes to mind as the The Founder reaches its denouement and shows us not just what Kroc became in the professional world, but who he became as a person is just how bold was this guy? As it turns out, quite. There were risks involved in his journey that were never guaranteed to pay off and he arguably had a vision no one else did-or at least the balls no one else had to risk it all. In the end, fortune obviously favors Ray Kroc, but at what expense to his humanity and decency? Some may say such things don't matter when you're worth $500 million, but in those final moments of The Founder where Kroc rehearses lines for a speech he stole from old motivational records when his wife, who he also stole, walks into the room and he catches her eye that there is a hint of self-awareness; of knowing that there was a price for all that he now looked down upon. Keaton, in all his charming and endearing glory, snaps his face out of the thought that dazed him only for a moment as if to say such was a price he'd gladly pay again and again. Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence he tells himself-not talent, not education-persistence. It is in this train of thought, this idea that Kroc is never complacent or content with his life that confounds though as the movie that now tells his life story tends to air on the side of being exactly that-content. Directed by John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side, Saving Mr. Banks) The Founder is a perfectly acceptable slice of cinema as it is obviously well-crafted, hits all the right notes, and features a handful of appealing performances with Keaton being a whirlwind of as much sly charm as he can possibly muster-carrying this thing across the finish line with ease. It's not that there is anything particularly bad about the film, but there isn't anything that is rather exceptional either. Instead, The Founder more or less delivers what is expected of a biopic these days with only slight indications that there was a deeper, more cutting ambition to the project that maybe took a backseat to safety. There have been many a comparisons between The Social Network and this film with its protagonists being ruthless men who take ideas from smaller thinking men and turn them into multi-billion dollar businesses, but where David Fincher's film had a specific tone and a certain state of mind that was in place from the get-go, The Founder never feels as personal or alluring. It, ironically, never feels bold enough to transcend its genre lines.
I was not sure what kind of movie this would be going into it. It has a serious and dramatic tone with some comical elements thrown in to keep the mood from getting too intense. The story of how McDonald's came to be is great to see on the big screen. This may seem like a silly or pointless movie, because it's about a fast food restaurant, but we get an amazing performance from Micheal Keaton.
This movie shows how one man's ambition and determination can help accomplish any dream or goal. Really this movie shows how you can find success through hard work and perseverance. The only downside is that Micheal Keaton's character has to resort to using underhanded tricks to finally accomplish his goal. He succeeds, but ends up destroying a family's legacy in the process. This a great movie because it shows all the set backs and hurdles you have to go through to finally make it big in the world. Just be careful because you may end up stepping on other people to achieve your fame and glory.