ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

The Founder Review

Updated on April 19, 2017
The Founder theatrical poster
The Founder theatrical poster

The Founder

The Founder (2016) is an American biopic and drama directed by John Lee Hancock and written by Robert D. Siegel. Micheal Keaton portrays the businessman and ex-CEO of McDonalds Ray Kroc. Costars John Carroll Lynch and Nick Offerman play McDonald's founders Maurice and Richard McDonald. The movie not only depicts the history of the fast food chain but its rise to dominance. It was released on January 20th, 2017.

The Story

1954, Ray Kroc (Micheal Keaton) is a milkshake salesman who lives a comfortable life with his wife Ethel. One day, a drive-in restaurant orders a huge amount of milkshakes. He drives over and simply walks up to McDonald's to order his food and it is prepared in 30 seconds. He is amazed at the quick service, high-quality food, disposable packaging, and simple menu. Right there and then, the restaurant became valuable to him. Soon, he meets the two founders of McDonald's, Richard and Maurice McDonald. One thing leads to another and they are all in business. But, eventually Ray has bigger plans in store of which the brothers do not see eye to eye.

Review (I'm Lovin' It)

The history of McDonald's is what will immediately grab the attention of people who watch this movie. The film is accurate in its vintage packaging and restaurant buildings. Old footage of employees making burgers and fries is played during moments of past storytelling. Whimsical musical plays during the silly but sweet moments of the early blunders the restaurant overcomes. Overall, the movie cherishes its McDonald's background and shows it in the best light possible.

Micheal Keaton's interpretation as the hungry business man Ray Kroc, is picture perfect. From his introduction to the audience, Keaton sets the tone of success. Like the man he's portraying, he speaks with confidence and flair to the point where you hang on his every word. There's a glimmer in his eyes when he proposes a new idea or many wrinkles on his face when he doesn't get his way. The business deals proposed by him are told in an exciting fashion. Despite his actions, Keaton plays him as an ambitious and flawed person. But, never a bad one.

John Carroll Lynch and Nick Offerman show the love the McDonald brothers had for their creation. The way Maurice McDonald (John Carroll Lynch) spoke of their product would be awe-inspiring to any entrepreneur. Nick Offerman (Richard McDonald) is a strict and rule abiding individual. And especially when it comes to their product, he believes everything has a role and a purpose. The scene where everyone is imagining their work stations and doing pretend orders, is heartfelt.

Closing

Powerful and moving is the The Founder which focuses on the positive and not the negative of the McDonald's brand. The theme of the film is definitely love and family. The McDonald brothers loved their restaurant as if it was their own son. Ray Kroc loved it the same if not even more. However, when everything is said and done, the movie has a sad overtone. The historical information of McDonald's mixed with the dramatic narrative and feud between the brothers and Kroc makes the movie a powerful watch. This is not just any biographical film. The movie serves as a good drama and history lesson behind one of the world's biggest fast food franchise.

The Founder is available on Blu-Ray, DVD, and streaming platforms.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)