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The Founder
The true story of how Ray Kroc, a salesman from Illinois, met Mac and Dick McDonald, who were running a burger operation in 1950s Southern California. Kroc was impressed by the brothers' speedy...  View more >

Starring Michael Keaton, Nick Offerman, John Carroll Lynch...  View more >

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Jan 20, 2017
An interesting story. Michael Keaton delivers yet another great performance. The biopic was well written, but falls just a little bit short on length, as it's a bit too long.
Jan 21, 2017
I enjoyed this film which follows the process of Ray Kroc to make McDonalds a world wide name and franchise. It shows what a shrewd business man Kroc was . Very good acting by Michael Keaton.
Jan 21, 2017
Based on the true story of the founding of McDonald's it was an interesting story about how Ray Kroc (played by Michael Keaton) started the franchises.
Feb 9, 2017
I haven't been to a McDonald's restaurant in many months. If you ask me, I'd rather go to a Burger King. for a whopper. Getting that out of my way, "the Founder," is one of those based on a true stories movies in which the subject of the movie isn't seen in a positive light. Michael Keaton plays Ray Koc who is a milkshake machine salesman who came upon a eating joint run by Mac and Dick MacDonald's who ran the burger like cars coming off a assembly line. Ray was so impress with the burger joint, that he wants to expand all actress the nation, if not the world. But there is a major conflict between Koc, who wants to expand the restaurant and the brothers who was robbed of the royalties. This is a movie about the rise of a visionary who sees the future of not only MacDonald's, but food joints like Burger King, KFC, Wendy's and so on. "The Founder," a smart movie, but less of a joy. One question: Did the Big Mac was named after one of the brothers? Only asking.
Oct 17, 2017
Michael Keaton makes this movie as the title character: Ray Kroc, who took the original idea of McDonalds with its failed aspirations by its founders and turned it into the money-making machine it is today. I don't know how true this is to the actual story, but it feels sincere, and that has much to do with not only Keaton, but also the jobs done by Nick Offerman and John Carroll Lynch as the two brothers McDonald.

This movie reminded me of The Social Network (about the founding of Facebook) as well as others, where it shows how something came from humble beginnings and took on a life of its own through the efforts of its main character.

Ray Kroc did some despicable things through the course of the story, but Keaton's portrayal keeps him from being an outright villain that you just wish would meet his just desserts. You feel for the brothers as Kroc's tenacious desire for more continues to pull them away from their goals and when they resist, you can see it all coming apart before they do. I found myself muttering under my breath not to trust him when Kroc offers a handshake for part of their separation deal, knowing that he was too much of a huckster to ever make good on it.

I'm not a fan of McDonalds food. The last time I had a really good McDonalds hamburger was from the restaurant in Hamburger U in Illinois, where the executives sometimes staffed the counter as a way of keeping in tune with the operations. There was that McDonalds, and then there is every other one that I've had the misfortune of eating at.

The Founder is a compelling story and a good way to spend nearly two hours. I can see why there was talk of campaigning for this movie for the Oscars, but I can also see the point that while the performances and story were good, they weren't "Best" material. This one is definitely worth renting!

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