The Founder Movie Review
Rating :- 3.5/5 Reviewed by: Renuka Vyavahare Site: TimesofIndia
The film is an origin story of how an ambitious salesman called Ray Kroc turned McDonald’s, a small town hamburger restaurant owned by the McDonald brothers into one of the biggest fast food restaurant chains in the world. The moment he lays eyes on Dick and Mac McDonald’s fast-food burger restaurant with one of a kind self-service system, he envisions it as an international franchise. The Founder is reminiscent of The Social Network (2010) in many ways. This business drama falls short of being a powerful biopic but if you are a loyal customer of McDonald’s, a budding businessman or a Michael Keaton fan, you’ll like it.
Rating :- 3/5 Reviewed by: Matt Zoller Seitz Site: Rogerebert
“The Founder” is mesmerized by its hero, McDonald’s chain founder Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton), but horrified by how he built his empire. The film’s depiction of the McDonald brothers is devastating, far and away the strongest thing in “The Founder.” The movie does such a good job of showing the brothers’ bond as a relationship founded on can-do spirit that when Kroc enters the picture, lavishing praise on their idea for a “fast food” restaurant with an assembly line service model, you can see why they’d quit resisting his vision of a centralized franchise.
Rating :- 2.5/5 Reviewed by: Shalini Langer Site: IndianExpress
The Founder focuses too much on the business side of things — including a passing reference to Coke sponsorship of menus — to give us an insight into the man whose ambition now feeds “1% of the world’s population” at any given time. The film gives us a quick lesson on the McDonald’s legend at this point, from the fact that the brothers’ first stop was Hollywood to that they sawed their old building “in half” to shift it to their present location, and that the McDonald’s kitchen was first conceptualized on a tennis court.
Rating :- 4/5 Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw Site: TheGuardian
All this film’s irony and ambiguity are showcased in the title, though Birth of a Salesman was an alternative that occurred to me. The Founder is an absorbing and unexpectedly subtle movie about the genesis of the McDonald’s burger empire. Like the young Donald Trump, Kroc is a huge fan of self-help and how-to-win-friends-and-influence-people type stuff. Crucially, Keaton’s Ray does not see himself as a sociopath or a narcissist but as the Capraesque hero of a feelgood underdog drama. He thinks he is the little guy making good. Yet by the end, we have seen quite another side to him.
The Founder Official Trailer #1 (2016) – Michael Keaton Movie HD