Saturday, 11 February 2017
#15 THE FOUNDER
Starring Michael Keaton, Nick Offerman, John Carroll Lynch, Linda Cardellinei, Patrick Wilson, B.J. Novak and Laura Dern. Written by Robert D. Siegel, directed by John Lee Hancock. Running time 115 minutes. Budget $7 million. Certificate 12A.
The true life story of how Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton), a near bankrupt, traveling milkshake-maker sales-man became the founder of the MacDonald's burger empire and all it took him was to steal the idea from the MacDonald brothers and franchise the crap out of it and to ride rough shod over all those who stand in his way.
Giving a superb performance and single single-handedly carrying the entire movie, Michael Keaton is the human face of Ray Kroc, the 52 year-old traveling sales man who stumbled across MacDonald's and saw the ultimate get rich scheme and all it cost him was his wife, friends and buisness partners. This shows a fascinating glimpse into the history of the world's biggest fast food empire, which supplies 1% of the world's population with food each and every day. It's a wonderfully satisfying movie, just like a bacon double cheese burger from Burger King or a large Five Guys with bacon and cheese. Solid, meaty and satisfying, which half an hour after eating will leave you feeling wishing for more, just so with the film.
Keaton is mesmerising and strangely despite the, at times, dreadful business things he does, is oddly and hypnotically likeable. The art direction is terrific, the direction clever and well construced and the film as a whole easily captures the feel of the early 1960s its set in. With a brilliant cast of co-stars like Offerman, Carroll Lynch, B.J. Novak and Dern to bounce off this was a thoroughly enjoyable movie and well worth seeing.