Fast food is basically an essential aspect of our lives nowadays. It is cheap, easily accessible and more often than not, tasty. Yes, fast food places are everywhere now, but we fail to realize the rate at which fast food chains have expanded all around the world. The Founder is a movie which encapsulates how one man took the idea of a small but efficient burger place called McDonald’s – you might have heard of it – and grew it to dizzying heights to make it the giant it is today. This is our review of The Founder – the biopic of the man behind the fast food giant.
The plot revolves around Raymond “Ray” Kroc, a travelling salesman living in the heart of America. He has a moderately successful milkshake business but he strives for more. One day when travelling to San Bernardino to deliver a huge order of milkshake machines, Kroc is astounded by a family restaurant called McDonalds. The McDonald brothers, Dick and Mac, had developed a fast-track food system called the speedy system. Ray, being the ambitious man he is, asks Dick and Mac to become a partner. His plan is to make McDonald’s a national franchise.
The story perfectly encapsulates corporate greed and ambition. Once a company starts to grow and bring in a lot of revenue, it does not end there. McDonald’s rode the fast food wave and in doing so, are the biggest restaurant chain in the world today. There were loads of people who benefitted in this process, and there were more who lost.
The acting in this movie is nothing if not excellent. Michael Keaton as Ray Kroc does an amazing job portraying ambition in a good and a bad light. Nick Offerman and John Carroll Lynch as the McDonald brothers portray an interesting dichotomy. The supporting cast including Laura Dern, Linda Cardellini, B.J Novak and Patrick Wilson also have some stellar performances.
You can watch The Founder on Netflix.
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