It’s rare to meet a person who hasn’t driven past the now-iconic Golden Arches that symbolise one thing: McDonalds.
It’s even rarer, perhaps, to meet someone who knows the story of persistence, emotion, and betrayal that it’s glossy yellow veneer has covered for so long.
The Founder, ‘based on a true story’, attempts to cover the story behind one of the most successful franchises of all time, and it passes with flying colours.
It’s an incredibly captivating rags-to-riches tale of Ray Krock (played by Michael Keaton), a struggling businessman who, after stumbling across a McDonalds in San Bernadino, California, gradually begins to wrestle control from its founders, laying the groundwork for the fast food company that now feeds 1% of the world’s population on a daily basis.
Directed by John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side, Saving Mr Banks), The Founder is a captivating, well-acted, and emotionally charged film, and Michael Keaton continues to be a good-luck charm for any Director aiming for Oscar-glory.
Aside from an opening act that’s only a tad overlong, The Founder is a well-paced, well-acted, and well-worthwhile story that shows the blood, sweat, and tears that went into that now famous ‘M’.
Go see it, seethe at Ray Krock… then feel the anger boil beneath you when you inevitably pass a Maccas on the way home.
The Founder hits Australian cinemas on November 24th and is rated ‘M”.
Directed by: John Lee Hancock
Stars: Michael Keaton, Laura Dern, Nick Offerman, John Carroll Lynch