The Founder is the upcoming biographical drama based on the man who made the golden arches of McDonald’s a worldwide phenomena – Ray Kroc. Not to be confused with the rubber shoes, although sometimes it might taste that way.
The official plot synopsis is as follows:
Directed by John Lee Hancock (SAVING MR. BANKS), THE FOUNDER features the true story of how Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton), a struggling 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 system of making the food and saw franchise potential.
Writer Robert Siegel (THE WRESTLER) details how Kroc maneuvered himself into a position to be able to pull the company from the brothers and create a billion-dollar empire. The film also stars Laura Dern as Ray Kroc’s first wife Ethel; John Carroll Lynch as Mac McDonald and Nick Offerman as Dick McDonald.
To be blunt the story itself doesn’t really interest me, especially since with biographical dramas there’s always a fair amount of creative license that imbue their subjects – particularly ones who’re as mythologised as Ray Kroc – with far more insight and special ability that was actually the case. History is written by the victors after all.
But this is a movie I’d watch for what looks to be a very intense and energetic performance from Michael Keaton.
What do you think?
The Founder will be getting a limited release in the US on 16 December so it can sneak in under the Oscar deadline, with its full release coming on 20 January 2017. Directed by John Lee Hancock, it stars Michael Keaton, Laura Dern, Nick Offerman, John Carroll Lynch, Linda Cardellini and Patrick Wilson.
Last Updated: December 8, 2016