Flash Movie Review: The Founder

BETWEEN the street corner and an alley a structure was built that changed my life. I remember walking by the construction site on the way to the library. Construction workers wearing hard hats were moving around the site constantly; in a way it looked like an abstract ballet piece the way each of them seamlessly worked together. The outside of the building was made with white tiles; I thought for sure it would have turned to gray within a week from all the exhaust coming out of the cars driving down the busy thoroughfare. Right in the middle of the growing walls a slab of curved metal was jutting out like an awful hangnail. I could not imagine what these workers were thinking of to stab their beautiful white tiled sides with this hollow, arching monstrosity.   OVER the course of a season the building took form and all that remained were a few last details. One day appearing in front was a fenced off area that had round metal tables with big opened umbrellas sticking up from the center. Around the tables were bolted down curved benches. A sign was hung from the building announcing a grand opening. My friends and I were there on opening day and it was crazy with people lined up everywhere. I remember ordering a hamburger, french fries and a soft drink. We each were handed our meal in a paper bag and walked outside to the side of the building where the white tiles were built out to form a ledge to sit on. Prior to that moment I had never had a pickle or mustard on a hamburger, only ketchup; the mix of flavors exploded in my mouth. But what sent me into a caloric craze of complete cherished comfort were the french fries and chocolate milkshake. My affair with those slender strands of potato heaven has lasted all these years. I do not know if they would have had the same effect if I had known the story about the man who brought the restaurant with the golden arches to the world.   SALESMAN Ray Kroc, played by Michael Keaton (Spotlight, White Noise), could not understand the sales order he received from a restaurant in California. Deciding to take a drive out to see the place, Ray was stunned when he came up to this little “food stand” run by brothers Mac and Dick McDonald, played by John Carroll Lynch (Shutter Island, American Horror Story-TV) and Nick Offerman (21 Jump Street franchise, Parks and Recreation-TV). The brothers may not have realized what they had going but Ray sure did. This film festival winning biographical drama succeeded because of Michael’s performance; he played it beautifully to the point where I was reacting negatively to some of Ray’s actions. Having my memories of the fast food restaurants heightened my interest in this historical story. I am not sure how much of the script was truthful, but I enjoyed most of the progression in the story. There were scenes that only implied certain actions that I would have enjoyed better if there was more back story; however, this did not distract me from the story. With most of the earth’s population having knowledge about this company, I cannot imagine someone getting bored with this movie, though you may get a bit hungry.


3 stars  




About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on January 26, 2017, in Drama and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. I would give it a ***1/2 out of *****
    Glad you found it entertaining. Keaton’s performance really took off towards the end of the picture. I like how you review things, if you have the chance, I would be so greatfull if you could leave some comments on my heavy hitters. They call me the next Terrance Winter. Perhaps you’ve heard of The Sopranos, Wolf of Wall Street, Boardwalk Empire. That’s the style I go for. The ones I would recommend are Blue Jasmine…Lardy Arms… Queen Kong and I… Miss Scarlet and rutjob. Would be honored to have your honest reviews

  2. Mickey D’s! I cannot handle their food now, as the grease tends to upset my stomach, but I tell you, I have very fond memories of my first McDonald’s hamburger in grade school. We went to a private Catholic school and didn’t have a cafeteria, but I’ll never forget the first time we were offered the chance to buy a hamburger or cheeseburger from McDonald’s that would be delivered to the school by one of the parents. It was heaven compared to my mom’s cold-packed sandwiches. They did that a few times a year after that. And then when they came out with the Big Mac in the 70s, I memorized the Big Mac song backwards. To this day I can sing it backwards, lol. “Bun seed sesame a on onions pickles cheese lettuce sauce special patties beef all two!” What an iconic memory for me. Thank you for the review, I didn’t know about this movie. Sorry for the long post. 🙂

    • Please, there is nothing to apologize about; I loved hearing about your history with the golden arches. And how priceless you still remember the song backwards. America’s Got Talent may be calling you. Thanks for the great comments.

  3. Looks like you got a job there with Gastradomus.
    I remember the first McDonalds built in our area in the late 60’s and how packed it got, not just for the price of the hamburgers but the “skinny fries” that went with them. A&W suddenly lost our high school clientele to Micky D’s. What was funnier is that when I was touring Germany in the 70’s and got tired of Potatoes, Brats and kraut, we caught site of one and went running to it. Ahhhh American food! Nothing tasted better and I seldom if ever go there now. I used to call it my traveling food place. On long road trips, I went there for their cheap, fast served, limited but consistent menu and clean bathrooms. That was years ago and how they’ve changed. I don’t remember the last time I step foot in one except to use the bathroom. Yes, I’m one of those. Sneak in, Sneak out.

  4. I don’t like their food but they are certainly an icon of our times and I’m really looking forward to seeing this movie!

  5. I can agree with that. Decent film, good performances, a little generic

  6. It’s been a while since I’ve posted a movie comment. This afternoon, I had some free time so I stopped to see The Founder. While I know about the Ray Kroc/McDonald brothers story generally, I was pleasantly surprised by this film. I certainly walked away more knowledgeable about specifics surrounding the rise and development of the McDonald’s brand, but at points I felt several significant events were loosely explained. All in all, I agree with your review and rating. And yes, I’ve been a lifelong fan of their fries, too.

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