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Plot: The story of Ray Kroc, a salesman who turned two brothers' innovative fast food eatery, McDonald's, into one of the biggest restaurant businesses in the world with a combination of ambition, persistence, and ruthlessness. Runtime: 115 mins Release Date: 20 Jan 2017
This flick documents how McDonald's destroyed America with a handshake pact made with . . . (by oscaralbert)
. . . Satan himself. In a Real Life version of Mark Twain's story "The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg," a high-ranking Demon from Hell takes bodily form as "Ray Kroc" and creates Trump's Amerika. "Contracts are like hearts--they're made to be broken," marriage vow Desecrator Kroc chortles like the first True Trumpster as he filches $178 billion in royalties from the REAL McDonald brothers on a bogus handshake agreement. At 1:16:46 ACTUAL founder Mac McDonald confirms what every McDonald's patron of the past 60 years has suspected: Kroc forced <more>
McDonald's to "stretch" its hamburger meat with sawdust in the 1950s, as it also switched to Milkless "Milkshakes." One of Kroc's favorite descriptions of Job-Killing Corrupt U.S. Capitalism is "It's a Rat-Eat-Rat Business," so wise viewers can assume that there's more than a little rodent in their Big Macs, as well. "If I saw a competitor drowning, I'd walk over and cram a hose down his throat" is another Kroc Bon Mot. As a Free Agent from Hell, Kroc scouted his franchisees nationwide so that he could sample "the goods" and marry the most beautiful and GIB "partner's" wife that he ran across. Kroc is probably the most despicable subject of ANY American Biopic, and his creation of Assembly Line Food prepared by impoverished drones allowed Job-Killing U.S. "Capitalists" to export to our overseas enemies all the REAL U.S. assembly lines upon which the long-gone American Middle Class was created on the basis of the Living Wages that they were paid to make REAL products such as planes, trains, and automobiles. If YOU don't know how actual food tastes, YOU deserve a fake today, at McDonald's!
Greetings from Lithuania."The Founder" 2016 , based on the incredible true story about creation, or to say more accurate expand of probably the most successful restaurants in a world, is a blast from start till finish for those who like superbly involving movies based on very true events. This is a superbly paced, acted, written and directed movies in 2017 so far. Michael Keaton gives on of the very best performances in his carrier in my opinion as Ray Kroc - the Founder of McDonald's but not the original creator of it . It shows how he did it, and how he got from the <more>
unsuccessful salesman to of the most successful businessmen in a world by burning all the bridges with people who trusted him. And its not that he was a villain, or at least Keaton's performance is good in here that i was rooting for this guy, knowing eventually of what he will achieve.Overall, "The Founder" is an excellent biography drama movie. It is superbly paced - at running time 1 h 45 min i was involved from the first till the closing scene. Its one of the years best so far.
Who knew the story behind how McDonald's Restaurant became a worldwide phenomenon and franchise and the man behind it would be such a fascinating and engrossing film? I also find it interesting to point out that just this week as The Founder was given a wide theatrical release, earlier this week it was revealed on the news that the current McDonald's Restaurants, and I would assume that this would be not just the restaurants here in Canada, but most likely nationwide, it was revealed that most if not all of the food cooked there had come into contact with some sort of peanuts, or nuts <more>
which would prove to be a problem for anyone with any kind of serious allergy and I know this could potentially pose not only health risks to the customers, but also perhaps turn away those same customers as nut and peanut allergies in particular seem to be on the rise and those who are very allergic to it need to keep away from it at all costs. Just an interesting side note here as with this new film we are introduced into how McDonald's came to be and why in pretty much every city you will most likely find one. The film profiles the founder if that is the right word to use Ray Kroc, who was initially more of a salesman who embarked upon a small San Bernardino restaurant in California, run by two brothers who really seemed to be changing things in the fast food market. Keep in mind that this was back in the 50's and in an era when drive through meals were extremely popular and a big thing at that time. When, I say drive through, perhaps I should say "drive in" because this is where a cute girl in roller skates would come up to your parked car outside of the restaurant and would take your order and what was supposed to be a short amount of time, you would then get that meal delivered to your car by the same girl wearing the same pair of skates and you could then eat the meal in your car with utensils and other things provided. Not surprisingly that idea did not prove to be too novel and that is why when Kroc discovers this new restaurant in California, run by these two brothers, he discovers that they have an operation that not only runs smoothly, but also delivers great results. Forget the waiting in your car for the food as well as the girls in roller skates, but now you could go up to the restaurant window and place the order yourself and receive everything that you asked for in most times in less than a minute's time. Extremely impressive, isn't it? And so sparked the curiosity of Kroc, who didn't just want to invest in this restaurant, but turn it into a national franchise with new locations popping up everywhere. As the film goes along we really get to see the true kind of man that Ray Kroc is, or should I say was. He was a man who was more than anything else an opportunist. The two brothers with the original one location restaurant were big on quality, great customer service and everything meeting very strict standards and what they thought of to be the absolute best. Kroc, on the other hand was more interested in the cash he would receive from these restaurants and whether it lead to cutting costs when it came to quality, or being ruthless enough to cut people literally out of deals and leave them high and dry, he would stop at nothing to make more money for himself and what he considered to be his precious investment, when in reality everything about what Ray did was stolen, or copied from these two original brothers who had good ethics and values regarding business and Kroc milked them and the business for all that it was worth for the sake of profit. I don't have to tell anyone how this story ends because wherever you are living you probably have your own golden arched restaurant nearby flashing that famous name. This is another in a line of great films not just about seeking opportunity and finding a name for yourself in the business world, but it again addresses the absolute greed and corruption that can come from it. Was Kroc really a genius in the marketing world, or did he have the right people with him and knew how to bleed something till it was absolutely dry? This is a film that is tremendously entertaining and the fact that it is all true makes it even more so. The film will disgust you at times with it's look at greed and corruption in your fellow man, but at the same time it will leave you with a good look at society and what has happened to it. The script is intriguing and well written as is the spot on direction, and who could forget the marvellous performance by Michael Keaton as Ray Kroc? He deserves an Oscar for it and I am so glad that he has his career back on track again. A film with much to say and think about which is just as tasty as even the food which it may represent. One of the year's absolute best films.
The Founder Provides a Nourishing and Well Balanced Movie Going Experience (by CANpatbuck3664)
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 <more>
the creation and expansion of the McDonald's brand.*Minor Spoilers Ahead* When you think of people that have created billion dollar empires, you don't picture them where Ray Kroc Michael Keaton is. It's 1954 and Kroc is slinging milkshake mixers on a diner to diner basis. He's got a nice pitch but his mixers aren't selling, his pitch is met with rejection, dismissal and slammed doors. After trying his luck, he gets food at the diners. He's unimpressed by the service, the quality of the product and the clientele. He puts on a brave face though when he's calling his wife Ethel Laura Dern and after feeding her some half-truths about his sales, he goes to be listening to an album about the "Power of Persistence." The next day he calls up head office and they tell him there's an order for 6 mixers out in San Bernardino, California. Ray thinks it's a joke so he calls the location and Dick McDonald Nick Offerman answers the phone. The order turns out to be genuine and instead of following his normal route, he heads out to California to see what kind of operation the McDonald brothers are running.I didn't know the story about McDonald's so I went in only knowing what the trailer showed. The trailer kind of made Kroc out to be a snake hiding in the grass, which would have still been interesting but the biggest surprise when it came to The Founder was that it took a pretty balanced look at how McDonald's was created. We see Kroc in the beginning and he's more like the hero you would see in a biopic. He's treated poorly by almost everyone because he was out there trying his best to create something. He's got vision but neither the capital nor the idea to realize it. The movie also shows that he had a lot of good business ideas that represented why he was so valuable. He tries new things like targeting blue-collar franchisees instead of the rich and he's dedicated to maintaining a high standard of quality. He's not afraid to roll up his sleeves to do it either. Don't get me wrong, Kroc is a villain and you'll hate him by the end but I appreciated how the movie didn't just distract you from the fact he was essential to this operation.Having seen The Founder now, I can't believe that it didn't garner some consideration for Best Picture. But the bigger surprise is that there weren't any nominations for Best Actor or Best Supporting Actor come out of this. I think this may be Michael Keaton's best work, considering his recent output Birdman and Spotlight I think that's a pretty big compliment. He conveys such a wide range of emotions through just his facial expressions. He brings some warmth to Kroc at the start but he's frightening when Kroc's motivations turn more sinister. I liked Nick Offerman and John Carroll Lynch just as much. They seemed to have a real rapport as brothers, they brought some comedic relief early in the movie but they both really sell the drama at the end. B.J. Novak and Laura Dern were good in their supporting parts. Linda Cardellini was a scene-stealer in her parts with Michael Keaton.If I had a complaint with this movie, although the first 20 minutes was important to setup Kroc as a character, the movie was pretty slow at that point. It picks up though when he gets to San Bernardino and it didn't suffer any pacing problems after that point. The other thing I would like to talk about is that those of you who always want a happy ending, don't expect one here. The ending was a real gut-punch, the events that happen made me want to yell at the screen. To provoke that kind of reaction from me means the movie did it's job.The Founder is a great mix of being informative about a restaurant chain that some of us come into contact with almost everyday. It also provides the right amount of drama to keep things interesting. I really enjoyed this movie and I wish it had gotten the awards attention I think it deserved. It has more mass appeal than the distributor gave it credit for. It hits the notes you need to see in a biopic but it provides more perspective and development than other similar titles. If you can find this at a theatre near you, go check it out.
The Founder is the McDonalds version of There Will Be Blood...and I'm lovin it (by RforFilm)
When somebody like myself can describe their childhood as always remembering the golden arches from the McDonalds, I don't know whether to describe this memory as sad, like an imprinted advertisement, or simply American. Regardless of the opinion of their food, McDonalds is the standing example of the American dream, both for the consumer and the businesspeople. For a typical family, they have the option of forgoing the hard work of cooking in favor of having hamburgers in a short time I never said it's a good thing, just an option . For the entrepreneur, McDonalds is more then just <more>
a restaurant; it's a success story of an American company that has gone global. McDonalds today represents American capitalism; always expanding, always trying to please the customer, and always ruthless. For a company that has prided itself off of its food, they've been criticized for the health factor and their aggressive marketing tactics. A lot of a companies behavior goes back to the ones the started it. It may be the case for a lot of companies like Apple, Starbucks, Wal Mart, and Playboy, but McDonalds actually had two beginnings. Their stories are shown in The Founder. Milkshake maker salesman Ray Kroc played by Michael Keaton seems to be doing well at his job, but is striving for something bigger. His usual sales to restaurants and drive-ins give him a glimpse at the flaws of these places including wrong food orders, long waits, and loud atmosphere full of teens. When an order for eight mixers is placed by a restaurant in San Bernardino, Kroc drives out there to see this "McDonalds". What he encounters is a revolutionary speed system that allows food to ready fast along with disposable paper and a family friendly environment. Kroc meets the McDonalds brothers, Dick played by Nick Offerman and Mac played by John Carroll Lynch who convinces them to let him help franchise the restaurant. Kroc at first has a hard time convincing investors to join in on this new restaurant idea, and the few wealthy ones that do try to do things their own way including fried chicken on the menu! . Once he gets the idea that middle class investors are more likely to follow the McDonalds standards, restaurants start to explode across the Midwest and the business takes off like crazy. As Kroc gains power, he starts to become more defiant against the McDonalds brothers, despite being restricted by their original contract.My original fear was that The Founder was simply going to be a commercial for McDonalds. What I got instead was a very fascinating character study into the mind of Ray Kroc. A bad screenplay could have easily made Ray Kroc a pioneer or a monster, but this somehow balances out everything in a fair viewpoint. You don't agree with a lot of the tactics Kroc does to make the burger business boom, but the movie shows where he's coming from. They also portray him as vulnerable, as they show later that one of the companies biggest tactics comes from a third party.Michael Keaton is perfect as Ray Kroc. He balances the scripts tough job of making him tough and backstabbing, yet likable enough that you still want to follow him.I have to give a lot of credit to both Nick Offerman and John Carroll Lynch as the McDonalds brothers who have the caliber to pull off the perfectionist, yet naïve attitude that the original siblings had. The Founder is neither a pro or anti McDonalds movie. This is more like Patton or Nightcrawler; it's a study on a person in which your supposed to make your own judgment on. I'll give this nine McDonalds logos out of ten. Had I seen this last year, it probably would've ended up on the best of 2016. The good news is that even without the accolades it missed out on, The Founder is still a good movie from start to finish. Check it out and see if your lovin it like I am.
The Founder is the best film I have seen in 2016. It tells the story of Ray Kroc and the foundation of the McDonald's franchise. The direction, narration and pace of this film is close to perfect. The beauty and ease with which this film is told is effortless. The start of it includes an interesting monologue from Michael Keaton to the audience and towards the end after the events of the story we see the monologue again as the film comes full circle. The acting is first class with Michael Keaton giving one of his finest performances. There is never a dull moment and you are captivated <more>
from start to finish. Who knew McDonald's had such a rich and interesting history. We see the gradual rise of a salesman and a restaurant into something that is ubiquitous in today's times. His rise is littered with so many interesting challenges and dilemmas, personally and professionally. Professionally he faces issues from the owners of the very first restaurant who hinder his expansion plans. Personally we see his marriage suffer because of his ambition. The revelation of being in the land business and change in business strategy was beautifully done. The film had some great moments littered throughout it like the first time Keaton orders his fast food and is surprised to immediately receive it. Or his great confrontation in the men's room towards the end about being the real owner of the restaurant. The Founder was also notable about showing the dark side of business, never have verbal agreements or handshakes but a contract. When there is an empire to be had one must not rely only on someone's word.The credit in many parts belongs to Michael Keaton who delivers a stellar performance. Others also give notable performances in the film. The pace and intensity of The Founder never stops. You are immersed in Ray Kroc's/Keatons story and journey. I am beyond astonished by its rating of just 7.2. I felt this film narrowly beat War Dogs to become the best film of the year. It deserves a strong spot on the top 250 films of all time. It is highly recommended, 8.5 to 9 out of 10
A tale of treachery, greed and a code of ethics toxic enough to spoil a Big Mac. (by CineMuseFilms)
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 <more>
remove some gloss from the world's most recognised golden arches.The real founders are brothers Maurice John Lynch and Richard McDonald Nick Offerman who pioneered the idea of standardised burgers made quickly that led to the modern fast-food industry. Into their lives came Ray Kroc Michael Keaton , a struggling milkshake-mixer salesman who is amazed at the queues of people lined up for burgers and fries. The brothers trust Ray, tell him their secrets, and in 1954 Ray becomes the franchise manager responsible for setting up new stores. Driven by insatiable greed, Ray wants to go national but the brothers fear loss of quality control. When Ray realises that owning the property on which stores operate gives him complete control of the business, his takeover plans are rolled into place.The storyline follows the facts of history but it is the film's characterisations that are its real achievement. Perhaps best known for his extraordinary performance in Birdman 2014 Michael Keaton is in a class of his own when it comes to portraying deeply flawed people living on the edge of sanity or evil. From the opening scenes his eyes express callous disregard for others, and at one point he boasts that if a competitor was drowning he would not hesitate to put a running hose deep down the victim's throat. His flawed humanity is contrasted by the authenticity and honesty represented by the brothers. Excellent casting, directing and period sets make this a thoroughly engaging story.This film also arrives with remarkable timing given the current global spotlight on the home of capitalism. Millions of McDonald's fans are regularly processed by one of the most sophisticated marketing machines on the planet. Seeing The Founder is a bit like finding out that Santa Claus is Satan in disguise. Good cinema not only entertains: it shows the world as it is, not as we believe it should be. The Founder tells a story that should be told, and it does it brilliantly.
An interesting look into the way one man helped turn a small hamburger restaurant into a global fast food empire (by MrDHWong)
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 <more>
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.
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 <more>
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