• Todd Puhl

Movie Review: The Founder

Updated: May 28, 2019


Michael Keaton. The man is gold. After going through a brief disappearing act and then a resurgence from the movie Birdman, Keaton is on fire. Taking on different types of roles and increasing his range as an actor. He may always be my first Batman when growing up, but now he is far far more than that.


“The true story of how Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton), a struggling salesman from Illinois, met Mac (John Carroll Lynch) and Dick McDonald (Nick Offerman), who were running a burger operation in 1950s Southern California. Kroc was impressed by the brothers' speedy system of making the food and saw franchise potential. Kroc soon maneuvers himself into a position to be able to pull the company from the brothers and create a multi-billion dollar empire.”

In a sense, this movie is the American Dream. Ray Kroc had a dream to make a huge franchise. However, the company concept from a couple of brothers that were not willing to accept vision. Ray was a struggling salesman who was selling shake machines with a bunch of leans against his house and literally at his wits end. It wasn’t till a small burger place that wanted a bunch of shake machines that turned his luck around. The McDonald Brothers had figured out the art of the fast food restaurant business but truly didn’t understand the gold mine that they created.


After watching how the system worked and trying out the vintage burgers, Ray Kroc became obsessed in making this work. He convinced the brothers to let him to the table to make decisions for the company and also started bringing in more investors. But Ray Kroc didn’t delegate his tasks, he overseen the building, opening and day to day operations of many McDonald restaurants all over the US. However, the McDonalds brothers were stuck in the mentality that change is bad, and Ray Kroc had them removed from the equation.

In the end, it was really sad what happened to the McDonalds brothers, but history was made regardless. This is not a typical film that people would flock to the theater to watch. But if anything I found it very interesting because I did not know the origins story of McDonalds. With the stellar acting and great story, you couldn’t go wrong.

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