The Founder

The Founder

DVD - 2017
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Tells the true story of how Ray Kroc, a 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. He maneuvered himself into a position to be able to pull the company from the brothers and create a billion-dollar empire.


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JCLMargaretO Nov 16, 2017

There are always two sides to every story, but my guess is that most viewers will land on the side of Mac and Dick McDonald in this heartrending tale of deceit and greed.

JCLLeeAnnB Jul 15, 2017

A revealing look behind the scenes into the making of America's favorite fast food restaurant. If you like "Joy" or "The Social Network" you'll enjoy "The Founder".

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One of the best "based-on-fact" movies I have seen. It goes a long way to show that "nice guys (such as the McDonald brothers) finish last." Ray Krock was persistent. He was also totally ruthless. When he comes to see Dick McDonald in hospital, after his heart attack, carrying a bouquet of flowers, it is really to tempt him with a blank check (to sell his birthright for a mess of pottage). He later reneges on his promise to pay the brothers their royalties, having agreed to do so on the basis of a handshake between "gentlemen." Makes me think of Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama. Inherently good men, they both lacked the ruthlessness of an FDR or Teddy Roosevelt. Maybe only Honest Abe Lincoln is the only hero who felt the pain of others?

Jun 18, 2018

This was an interesting depiction of the evolution of Goliath fast food companies in North America. Not something that I would watch again or rave to friends about though.

May 14, 2018

Great movie to see how far one person will go for i million business affair, and give up on his own marriage, his own friends his chore character ( cheating, stealing , and becoming a shark in the business world. May be we can say the he was a clever man but not a loving one. Very harsh and brutal in business. Real learning life of building a kingdom of power, money by himself and for himself.

Mar 19, 2018

Overall this film is more about the acting, which is very good. Keaton was great. The actors who played the McDonald's brothers were awesome.The story it hopes to expose seems secondary. Kroc was a jerk. The world would have been fine without a global corporation like McDonald's having asserted itself all over the globe but who knows what would have taken its place. The film also reminds me to read every contract very carefully.

Jeffn mentioned that the film doesn't discuss some other negative aspects of the rise of McDonald's but I don't know if the film could take on too much. That being said, I thought the example of how Kroc wanted to introduce a powdered milkshake instead of the 'real thing' was an example of how the fast food industry would ultimately opt for more economical options than wholesome, natural food products. It was symbolic of where the industry would go.

Mar 08, 2018

Somewhat silly depiction of the development of the 'speedy system' at one point, and seems a bit of a flat portrayal of the main characters and values (delicious and 'family') of McD's service to humanity, but otherwise a decent enough watch. No review of 'bigger' issues like the health effects of its food, consideration of the exploitation of its workers or the larger impacts on the farming and food processing industry however... so I would watch this with a large pinch of salt and even larger pinch of one's waist (i.e. saturated fat). There are books written e.g. 'Super Size Me', 'Fast Food Nation', 'Cow Spiracy' and 'Project Animal Farm' that are likely better uses of your time... Ray's Crocs comment on what he would do for a drowning competitor is reminiscent of the book 'The Corporation' as well... Yes, I have read all of the above books, and I did work part time at a McD's restaurant for several years as a teenager... Your mileage may vary, batteries not included, past performance is no indication of future expectations etc etc.

Feb 02, 2018

As mentioned by others, this movie reveals how much of a predator Ray Kroc really was. He virtually stole the name and store prototype from the McDonald brothers, then didn't honor a handshake agreement for royalties between them.

Jan 23, 2018

Interesting period character study.

Jan 14, 2018

Excellent film. Love Michael Keaton. Ray Kroc is an absolute @+&hole. Successful businessman, but he is downright cold. Great movie from start to finish.

Jan 03, 2018

The message of this movie is that Ray Kroc was a jerk. A compelling, if poorly directed, film about how Kroc, an only moderately successful milkshake machine salesman, turned McDonald's into a global force. According to this, he did it by ripping off the McDonald brothers and being a ruthless businessman. As played by Michael Keaton, he's a tireless salesman whose lack of actual talent is made up for by boundless ambition. The heart of the film is the fraught relationship between him and the McDonald brothers, who brought Ford-like efficiency to their burger joint and are eventually powerless to resist Kroc's vision. Nick Offerman and John Carroll Lynch are great as the brothers, and it's really the acting that keeps you interested. Laura Dern and Linda Cardellini are both underused. Usually a director of upbeat true stories like "The Blindside," John Lee Hancock can't quite find the right tone and has a weakness for peppy music and montages. Better than I thought.

JCLMargaretO Nov 16, 2017

There are always two sides to every story, but my guess is that most viewers will land on the side of Mac and Dick McDonald in this heartrending tale of deceit and greed.

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Jan 14, 2018

Ray Kroc: If I saw a competitor drowning, I'd shove a hose down his throat.


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