There has always been something so utterly compelling about a story that tells of a rise to power. That quest to the top always holds fascination in how the individual gets there. It’s not always via the most noble of roads, but perhaps that’s what makes it the most intriguing.
In the case of ‘The Founder’, it is 1954 with Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton) on the road as he attempts to sell milkshake machines to various stores. He’s not having much success, that is, until a drive-in burger shop puts in a rather large order. Out of curiosity, he travels to the restaurant in San Bernardino to find something that is the first of its kind: McDonald’s, a restaurant where you receive your order in 30 seconds and everything the food and drinks come in is disposable. The owners of the restaurant, Mac (John Carroll Lynch) and Dick (Nick Offerman) McDonald, give Ray a tour of the kitchen, and by the time he’s seen everything, he decides that he has to get in on it somehow.
How McDonald’s becomes the multi-billion dollar franchise through Kroc’s ambition and cunning is what makes this compelling cinema.
PG-13, 2 hrs.