The Founder

"Fascinating, subtle film on the machinations of Ray Kroc, the man who made a burger stop an empire, sold out its originators and birthed Trump America." ★★★★ Guardian

Showing Times

Sun 19 Feb 17:00
Sun 19 Feb 19:30
Mon 20 Feb 11:00
Mon 20 Feb 15:00
Mon 20 Feb 18:30

Rather surprisingly, this 'origin story' of McDonalds is smart as a whip, great to watch and, yes, rather evocative of Trump's approach to doing business...

Michael Keaton is Ray Kroc, the man ironically credited here as the founder of the global burger chain.   As Keaton plays him (beautifully!), he's not unsympathetic; at the outset he's just a try-harder salesman eager to get ahead, neglectful of his wife, Laura Dern, and a little too quick to invest in hare-brained schemes. When a rinkydink hamburger restaurant in suburban California orders 12 milkshake machines from him, though, his eyes are opened to the possibilities of fast food production as pioneered by the brothers Dick and Mac Mcdonald.  In spite of misgivings, the brothers enter in to a partnership with him - an arrangement which, down the line, leaves them possibly the first victims of a corporate takeover.

Screenwriter Robert D Siegel and director John Lee Hancock deliver a film that has no right to be so pleasing!  The art design is elegant, the script inventive in its exploration of some pretty dry ideas, and in spite of the ruthless business practices of Kroc, it's somehow neutralised in the context of a more innocent America; one where a fast food patty with a squirt of mayo and two pickle slices brought a lot of pleasure to a lot of people.

Peter Bradshaw in the Guardian is a big fan of this film, too!  Learn more here.

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Film Information

Duration:
115 mins
Subtitled:
No
Certificate:
12A

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