The Founder - SHOWTIMES


The Founder - SHOWTIMES (2016)


The Founder

IMDB - Score
7.2/10
(13519)
Release Date:
07.12.2016
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Length:
115 Minute
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Synopsis

The story of McDonald's founder. Ray Kroc.





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Spencer Herrera ( 2017-04-03 )

A tale of treachery, greed and a code of ethics toxic enough to spoil a Big Mac.
 

Biographical dramas tell stories about significant people in history but they are always much more than that. The person chosen for the bio-pic reflects something about the values of the era and the society from which they came. In this sense, The Founder (2016) goes well beyond the story of a global hamburger empire to the values that made McDonald's possible and it does not paint a pretty picture. The mantra "persistence is everything" is heard at the beginning and the end of this film but when decoded it means persistent treachery, greed, and a code of ethics toxic enough to remove some gloss from the world's most recognised golden arches. ..



Julio Strickland ( 2017-04-08 )

A solid biopic made worth seeing for Keaton
 

The Founder is another tale of the American Dream. It's the kind of tale we've seen a million times before. American man wants to become successful, sacrifices morality for moolah, etc. It's The Godfather, it's The Social Network, it's The Wolf of Wall Street. And The Founder, while entertaining, offers pretty much nothing new, or distinctive, to contribute. It is directed fairly conventionally, the story hits all the beats you'd expect, and it's not going to stick to your memory for too long. But that discounts the fact that the film is rather well made. Performances are uniformly solid, and the film is undeniably compelling for much of its run time. But the real reason to see the film is the powerhouse performance of Michael Keaton, a neglected actor throughout the 2000s who seems to be finally getting roles that he deserves with this, Spotlight and Birdman to consider. He is slimy, charismatic, and curiously sympathetic in all the right ways. In all The Founder may not light your world on fire, but it's a rock solid tale of greed and the American Dream that ought to entertain most that it meets. Side Note -I have no idea why this is playing in Australia over a month before it comes out across the rest of the world, but hey I'm not complaining.



Meredith Klein ( 2017-05-21 )

An interesting look into the way one man helped turn a small hamburger restaurant into a global fast food empire
 

The Founder is a biographical drama film starring Michael Keaton based on the life of American businessman and founder of the McDonald's Corporation Ray Kroc. Whether you love the McDonald's brand or hate it, this film offers a compelling view into the way it has captivated us all with its worldwide presence. In 1954, salesman Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton) meets with brothers Dick (Nick Offerman) and Mac (John Carroll Lynch) McDonald, the owners of the hamburger restaurant known as "McDonald's". Fascinated by the brothers' ability to have burgers and fries cooked in a matter of seconds, Kroc suggests the idea of franchising the restaurant nationwide, hoping to use this as a way to take control of the company and earn money for himself. Featuring yet another terrific performance from the ever-versatile Michael Keaton, his second best behind Birdman, The Founder is an interesting look into the way one man helped turn a small hamburger restaurant into a global fast food empire. It is fascinating seeing how one simple idea - fast food - has changed the culinary world forever. However, one cannot help but feel sorry for the misfortune the McDonald brothers went through as a result of franchising their name and the exploitation they received. I should also mention that the film reminded me of the 2010 film The Social Network, with its similar plot about one man exploiting a clever idea from two brothers for his own financial gain. I rate it 8/10.



Sherry Peterson ( 2017-04-19 )

The Founder!
 

The story of the "founder" of Mc Donald's and how he made it from a single shop to the largest leading firm in food industry. Ray Kroc is a desperate salesman trying to sell his product, a milkshake maker that no one needs. To his surprise, he gets an order for 6 machines. He cannot believe it and calls them back if it was true and to add to his surprise, the quantity was raised to 8. He himself goes to the restaurant to see the elegant and professionalism maintained by the brothers called Mac & Dick. Their restaurant is called Mc Donald's. Ray was eager to know their story and the brothers explains all their trade secrets. Ray couldn't sleep that night and goes back to the brothers with a new proposal. Here begins the story of the business tycoon Mc Donald's. The movie is amazing in all the ways. The director was successful in making the movie very involving and entertaining. Beautiful camera visuals, color tone and production design add to this retro tone of the movie. Performance of the actors are highlight of the movie. Rapid editing makes it a very fast movie with very less or no lagging. This movie is going to shine at the Oscars for sure. After watching the movie, at-least half of the audience will quit McD for a few days. The market value of McD will be interesting after the world wide release of the film. A must watch and highly recommended. #KiduMovie



Claire Walker ( 2017-05-08 )

Keaton shines in this fascinating biopic
 

For many the thought nowadays of takeaway food is but a convenience we all enjoy (some more than others) but at one stage during human history the very idea of having your burger, fries and ice-cold Coke ready in mere seconds was a novelty that began sweeping the nation of America before taking over the world as we now know it today. ..



Tyler Parsons ( 2017-04-27 )

Powdered milk genuine performance.
 

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Leah Hayes ( 2017-05-30 )

The Founder Provides a Nourishing and Well Balanced Movie Going Experience
 

Michael Keaton gives an award worthy performance as burger mogul Ray Kroc. The burgers sizzle as does Keaton who carries this story on his back and keeps this bio pic extremely interesting. Kroc comes across as a ruthless devil as he eventually takes everything from the original well acted burger brothers. The relationship with the next wife Joan is played just subtle enough. The period look is outstanding. The cars, clothes, and people are perfect. A great script well directed and acted makes for an excellent movie. The movie is in limited release and doesn't need a big screen. It's a small movie that will play well on home platforms. Even vegetarians will sink there teeth into this juicy piece of story telling.



Gloria Brock ( 2017-06-07 )

The Real Story of a Real Jerk
 

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Howard Copeland ( 2017-05-30 )

Fast Food Nation
 

Sometimes it kind of sucks loving movies and living in a small town. I wanted to see this as soon as I saw the trailer but it was only available in a limited release. So I had to wait for the expansion in the release after the new year came around. So I made the trip up to a larger city with a couple of good friends to get the chance to go see it. I walked away from the theatre impressed with the movie and glad I made the trip. The Founder could have taken the easy route, painting Ray Kroc as the cartoon villain but the movie rises above that and shows us a balanced and unflinching look at the creation and expansion of the McDonald's brand. ..



Bobby Phelps ( 2017-05-01 )

Ray Krocs road to creating the Famous fast food chain "McDonalds
 

McDonald's has been one of if not the most influential brands in the world. It has been a staple of not only American fast food but American life, whether you like like it or not. Going into The Founder I did not know a lot Ray Kroc, other than that he was in some way involved with the mega chain. Turns out Kroc is a real piece of work, and while there were things about this story that interested me, overall what we get is the tale of an asshole and how he succeeded in screwing some people out of a lot of money. This is where the movie runs into its main problem, half the time it feels like praying at the alter of Kroc, and the other half feels like a pulled punch to the gut of ultra-capitalists. ..



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