Reviewed byeddie_bagginsVote: 8/10/10
For many the thought nowadays of takeaway food is but a convenience weall enjoy (some more than others) but at one stage during human historythe very idea of having your burger, fries and ice-cold Coke ready inmere seconds was a novelty that began sweeping the nation of Americabefore taking over the world as we now know it today.
A staple for over 60 years, McDonalds restaurants are a mainstay ofeveryday life, a reliable source of cheeseburger delicacies, crispyFrench fries and refreshing beverages that continue to supply the goodsto those both young and those young at heart. When consuming McDonaldshowever, its unlikely many of us have ever truly considered where thisestablishment was born from and thankfully for all us, the story is areal doozy.
It's often the case these days that high profile, well-marketed biopicsare reliable as a Big Mac (you always know what you're going to get)but John Lee Hancock's film is imbedded with both an energy and pacethat elevates it above the usual bio-fair and with another awardsworthy turn from Michael Keaton as its centrepiece, this enthrallingslice of history is a fabulously entertaining ride tinged in nostalgic1950's vibes and garnished with a quick- smart script from The Wrestlerscreenwriter Robert D. Siegel.
Capturing the time, place and allurement of this mankind changingbusiness model, The Founder does a great job of transporting us back intime as we ride alongside struggling salesman Ray Kroc, whose eyes areopened when he comes across the McDonald brothers, whose business modelof "fast food" finally gives Ray the chance his so longed for all hislife, to make a buck and then some.
Keaton's performance as Kroc is quite the feat. His a genuinely coldand calculated character but as the film begins we are happy to see himput in the hard yards as his franchise model of stores takes off but asthe brand grows so does Kroc's ego and Keaton's performance morphsnaturally as it does in fascinating and unexpected ways.
Come the films later stages, the real feat of Keaton's turn comes intothe spotlight and what we're left with is a layered character broughtto life by the performer, whether it's in comical situations orbrutally raw moments shared with lawyers, Keaton is on fire here andwhile his ably supported by the likes of Nick Offerman and John CarrollLynch as the unfortunate McDonald brothers Dick and Mac, The Founder isfounded off the back of Keaton's turn and whilst unlikely that thisfilm will find itself in to many awards categories, Keaton is loomingas a key player in the upcoming awards season.
The Founder is one of those rare biopics that grabs you from the get-goand doesn't let up.
A well shot, scored and acted studio film that tells a story worthtelling (plus one of the best advertisements McDonald's has never paidfor), The Founder offers a fascinating insight into the beginnings ofthe McDonald's brand that also gives us an equally fascinating reallife figure and another chance for the career revival of Michael Keatonto continue on its merry way.
4 milkshake sachets out of 5
Reviewed bySameir AliVote: 8/10/10
The story of the "founder" of Mc Donald's and how he made it from asingle shop to the largest leading firm in food industry.
Ray Kroc is a desperate salesman trying to sell his product, amilkshake maker that no one needs. To his surprise, he gets an orderfor 6 machines. He cannot believe it and calls them back if it was trueand to add to his surprise, the quantity was raised to 8. He himselfgoes to the restaurant to see the elegant and professionalismmaintained by the brothers called Mac & Dick. Their restaurant iscalled Mc Donald's. Ray was eager to know their story and the brothersexplains all their trade secrets. Ray couldn't sleep that night andgoes back to the brothers with a new proposal. Here begins the story ofthe business tycoon Mc Donald's.
The movie is amazing in all the ways. The director was successful inmaking the movie very involving and entertaining. Beautiful cameravisuals, color tone and production design add to this retro tone of themovie. Performance of the actors are highlight of the movie. Rapidediting makes it a very fast movie with very less or no lagging. Thismovie is going to shine at the Oscars for sure.
After watching the movie, at-least half of the audience will quit McDfor a few days. The market value of McD will be interesting after theworld wide release of the film.
A must watch and highly recommended.
Reviewed byMrDHWong (firstname.lastname@example.org)Vote: 8/10/10
The Founder is a biographical drama film starring Michael Keaton basedon the life of American businessman and founder of the McDonald'sCorporation Ray Kroc. Whether you love the McDonald's brand or hate it,this film offers a compelling view into the way it has captivated usall with its worldwide presence.
In 1954, salesman Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton) meets with brothers Dick(Nick Offerman) and Mac (John Carroll Lynch) McDonald, the owners ofthe hamburger restaurant known as "McDonald's". Fascinated by thebrothers' ability to have burgers and fries cooked in a matter ofseconds, Kroc suggests the idea of franchising the restaurantnationwide, hoping to use this as a way to take control of the companyand earn money for himself.
Featuring yet another terrific performance from the ever-versatileMichael Keaton, his second best behind Birdman, The Founder is aninteresting look into the way one man helped turn a small hamburgerrestaurant into a global fast food empire. It is fascinating seeing howone simple idea - fast food - has changed the culinary world forever.However, one cannot help but feel sorry for the misfortune the McDonaldbrothers went through as a result of franchising their name and theexploitation they received. I should also mention that the filmreminded me of the 2010 film The Social Network, with its similar plotabout one man exploiting a clever idea from two brothers for his ownfinancial gain.
I rate it 8/10.
1954. Having worked as a salesman most of his adult life, has been a hustler in most senses of the word. That hustling has made him the target of derision among certain circles for peddling what have ended up being more novelty or faddish than useful products, but it has also placed more than a comfortable roof in Arlington Heights, Illinois over his and his wife Ethel's heads. Ethel, however, wishes that he placed as much effort into being at home with her than he is in selling, his current job of peddling five-spindle milkshake makers for Prince Castle which has him constantly on the road going from one drive-in restaurant to another. It is because of the beefs he has with the whole drive-in experience (bad food, bad service) in constantly eating at such establishments while on the road that he becomes enthralled with the concept of McDonald's Restaurant in San Bernardino, California, it owned and operated by brothers and - Dick and Mac. ...