Just to line up who Ray Kroc is for my younger readers, he’s the Mark Zuckerberg of fast food. Basically, Kroc is to McDonald’s what Zuckerberg is to Facebook – a thief who stole someone else’s idea and turned it into an empire…
The Founder centers on Ray Kroc as well as the McDonald brothers, Dick and Mac, who between the 3 of them changed the landscape of food with the introduction of a fast food system that effected the whole world. Kroc is the main subject of the story with some insight into his life showcased just prior to stumbling on a little, albeit very successful hamburger stand near Sacramento, California while he was selling them a machine that made milkshakes. Once Kroc pays the McDonald brothers a visit, the rest as they say is history.
While this isn’t an action film, there’s plenty of dramatic moments along with a genuine villain even though we don’t really get a hero out of it. What we do get are victims in the form of the naive McDonald brothers who definitely ended up on the short end of the stick. That’s probably ok though, at least the brothers don’t have the stigma of being responsible for spreading toxic food to millions of people.
The film is well written and directed. The set designs, clothing and environments are on the money and authentic. Acing-wise, The Founder couldn’t have been in better hands with Michael Keaton in the lead role as Ray Kroc. Nick Offerman and John Carroll Lynch expertly fill the spots of the McDonald brothers while the rest of the cast all jump in with great performances. The credits include: Lina Cardellini, B.J. Novak, Laura Dern, Patrick Wilson and Kate Kneeland.
You can catch The Founder on Netflix.
reviewed by Sean McKnight