Corporate brand cinema marches on with this truly useless and quite frankly appalling waste of time and talent. Ray Kroc as depicted in this film was a middle aged failure and con man whose sole achievement seems to have been that he found some gullible hicks whose idea he could steal and exploit. The film making is dull and repetitive. No real insight into this sleazy charlatan is displayed. Keaton deserves better.
Expecting a 2-hour commercial about McDonald's, The Founder had some suprising moments that transcend the autopilot directing and acting - in the climatic scenes you understand that, here, you could had a great story about capitalism. However, it is too plastical and vulgar in its approach, that not even with those 2 or 3 happier scenes, the movie can't be nothing more than a forgetable and more or less "phoney"...
Despite the light tone the film shouldn't be overlooked with what it means to buy out competition with clever wording, replacing food with synthetic material and throwing enough money at something to get what you want. It's capitalism in it's horrific and ugly portrayal of what's under the american dream that Kroc represents and what Keaton manages to get across. If Super Size Me never got to you, then this might.
Actually, I've already know a few parts of McDonald's history. But when I watched this movie, THE FOUNDER is still engaging. This movie has a solid storytelling. It's just a story about from zero to hero (or should I say bastard?). Director John Lee Hancock succeed to show us about the dirty side of capitalism. It's hard not to mention Michael Keaton's evil performance as Ray Kroc. THE FOUNDER is worth watching...
A very well made biopic. Was super interesting because it's curious to know how this huge garbage empire was born. i liked the beginning of this fast food and i definitely have right now hamburgers from that period but now definetly fucking no way. i hate everything that mcdonalds or kfc stands for. Keaton does a good job as a anti hero, a crook, a fucking leech that for money and power broke so many hearts. 7/10
Straightforwardly old-fashioned but very engaging. Far from the hagiography I was expecting and it has a surprising bite. It's not afraid to paint Ray Kroc's man without qualities as the sociopathic opportunist who built an empire and, in a way, personified a late Capitalism that peddles something that is perilously close to nothing.
Decent biopic and simultaneously reminder that corps are by and large run by evil fucks. Keaton shines in the lead role, but some overacting and schmaltzy moments keep this from being a truly great film. Still, not a bad mainstream film at all, and better than some of the dreck Marvel and other studios are churning out these days. For this reason, I say recommended. 3.5 stars, extra half star for Keaton's portrayal.
I watched this movie twice and the first time i was awestruck by the way the movie ended in a big "Hurrah" for those machiavellian people who just want to succeed no matter what. By second watch, though, i found a much more neutral vibe that also seems very much partial. It thells us a story many aren't familiar with, with all-round good performances to boot, even though nothing much else is offered.