Actors: Michael Keaton, Laura Dern, Linda Cardellini, Nick Offerman, Patrick Wilson
Directors: John Lee Hancock
Release Date: April 18, 2017
Run Time: 115 minutes
Film: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Blu-ray: 4 out of 5 stars
Extras: 3 out of 5 stars
There is one reason why I saw this film Michael Keaton. I do not eat McDonald’s and I am generally not a fan of bio-pics but this one drew me in. Other than Keaton, this film has a stand up cast including Linda Cardellini, Patrick Wilson, Laura Dern and also John Carroll Lynch, Nick Offerman, who were simply outstanding. I am not one of steal a quote but when I left this screening the first time I saw it someone walked out and said “Keaton’s best villain role since “Beetlejuice”” and I cannot say it better than that! This film ended up being out of my favorites from 2016. Must see!
Official Premise: The Founder features the true story of how Ray Kroc (Keaton), a struggling salesman from Illinois, met Mac and Dick McDonald, 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. Writer Robert Siegel (The Wrestler) details how Kroc maneuvered himself into a position to be able to pull the company from the brothers and create a billion-dollar empire.
“The Founder” comes as a combo pack with a Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD copy included. There are four featurettes included in the special features look at the story, Keaton’s role, the original brothers and the production design. There is also a cool lapse video focusing around building a McDonald’s as well as a Press Conference with Filmmakers and Cast included. Pretty solid and enjoyed overall.