The Founder (2016)

Led by Keaton’s old-school, sharky Ray Kroc that captures the cockiness and crooked businessman who rewrote history as its Founder our of voracism, the origin depiction of the billion-dollar fast-food franchise McD’s is a stark parable in capitalism – tempered with nostalgic classic Americana. 8.7/10.

Full Review Coming Soon

Plot Synopsis: Based on the true story of how Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton), a struggling salesman from Illinois, met Mac (John Carroll Lynch) and Dick McDonald (Nick Offerman), who were running a burger operation in 1950s Southern California. Kroc was impressed by the brothers’ speedy system of making the food and saw franchise potential. Kroc soon maneuvers himself into a position to be able to pull the company from the brothers and create a multi-billion dollar empire.

*Possible spoilers ahead*

Pros: Phenomenal acting by Keaton giving life to the legend of the intriguing business-pitcher-down-on-his-luck turned billionaire McD’s food franchiser Ray Kroc, old-world nostalgic feel and atmosphere to when fast food was more of a craft business, strong direction and scripting showing how Ray identified problems in the fast food industry and executing how he met and stole the idea for McD’s in a sharky business move, nice relaxing soundtrack, phenomenal showcase of the behind-the-scenes innovation and tooling of the system that made McDonald’s one off the shining examples of old=school American innovation and visionary super-sizing (pun intended) businesses/success all people need to take notes from and system of McDonald’s that made them such a hit before Ray scooped it up, great interplay between Ray and Dick and Mac McDonald and Ray sharkiness but dedication taking credit for their American dream and innovation, love the fight of all business explored through the lens of America’s most famous one – quality maintenance at a small-scale or super-franchising for ultimate payoff, Ray extremely evil in his soulless American capitalist depiction which is a credit to his acting but tough to watch when saying things like “if my competitor was drowning, I’d put a hose in his mouth and drown him more” and sending Mac to the hospital,

Cons: Sad to see how Dick and Mac’s original idea got pimped for business and how evil Ray was – McD’s is still good today and super-franchised just like Ray wanted but lost that old Americana soul and quality along the way – the crossroads of all businesses and a testament to Keaton’s acting but still brutal, Ray’s family could’ve used a bit more backstory

Official CLC Score: 8.7/10