I’ve been to McDonalds plenty of times in my life. Did I ever care about how it was founded? Nope. Did this movie make me more interested? Ehhh… it tries.
The Founder is about a man named Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton) who does everything he can to
steal buy and control McDonalds. This leaves him at odds with the original owners, played by Nick Offerman and John Carroll Lynch.
I’ll give the movie this- the story is more interesting than I was expecting. A lot of this is due to some witty dialogue and some solid acting all around. Michael Keaton, as usual steals the show with his mannerisms and delivery. He and the other leads, particularly Offerman keep you interested in what’s going on. There are quite a few scenes between Keaton and Offerman that are very entertaining.
But in the end, the movie ends up being kind of dull. It is edited in a weird, choppy, fast-paced way. I can see what they were trying to do with it, but it is more distracting than successful. The movie never gives you time to breathe and let a scene develop before it’s on to the next one. It also introduces a ton of characters, but we never really learn very much about most of them. That makes it hard to really get invested.
Overall, some people will enjoy this more than others will. I fell on the end of not enjoying it very much. It’s got some decent elements but falls flat in the end. I don’t think I cant quite get this one to a 3. 2.75/5 for The Founder.