The Founder

The Founder

Le Fondateur

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"The story of Ray Kroc, a salesman who turned two brothers' innovative fast food eatery, McDonald's, into one of the biggest restaurant businesses in the world with a combination of ambition, persistence, and ruthlessness"--From
Copyright Date: ©2017
Branch Call Number: FIC Found
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,region 1
digital,optical,surround,Dolby 5.1
1 videodisc (115 min.) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 in.
Alternative Title: Fondateur [DVD]


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Mar 19, 2018

Overall this film is more about the acting, which is very good. Keaton was great. The actors who played the McDonald's brothers were awesome.The story it hopes to expose seems secondary. Kroc was a jerk. The world would have been fine without a global corporation like McDonald's having asserted itself all over the globe but who knows what would have taken its place. The film also reminds me to read every contract very carefully.

Jeffn mentioned that the film doesn't discuss some other negative aspects of the rise of McDonald's but I don't know if the film could take on too much. That being said, I thought the example of how Kroc wanted to introduce a powdered milkshake instead of the 'real thing' was an example of how the fast food industry would ultimately opt for more economical options than wholesome, natural food products. It was symbolic of where the industry would go.

Mar 08, 2018

Somewhat silly depiction of the development of the 'speedy system' at one point, and seems a bit of a flat portrayal of the main characters and values (delicious and 'family') of McD's service to humanity, but otherwise a decent enough watch. No review of 'bigger' issues like the health effects of its food, consideration of the exploitation of its workers or the larger impacts on the farming and food processing industry however... so I would watch this with a large pinch of salt and even larger pinch of one's waist (i.e. saturated fat). There are books written e.g. 'Super Size Me', 'Fast Food Nation', 'Cow Spiracy' and 'Project Animal Farm' that are likely better uses of your time... Ray's Crocs comment on what he would do for a drowning competitor is reminiscent of the book 'The Corporation' as well... Yes, I have read all of the above books, and I did work part time at a McD's restaurant for several years as a teenager... Your mileage may vary, batteries not included, past performance is no indication of future expectations etc etc.

Feb 02, 2018

As mentioned by others, this movie reveals how much of a predator Ray Kroc really was. He virtually stole the name and store prototype from the McDonald brothers, then didn't honor a handshake agreement for royalties between them.

Jan 23, 2018

Interesting period character study.

Jan 14, 2018

Excellent film. Love Michael Keaton. Ray Kroc is an absolute @+&hole. Successful businessman, but he is downright cold. Great movie from start to finish.

Jan 03, 2018

The message of this movie is that Ray Kroc was a jerk. A compelling, if poorly directed, film about how Kroc, an only moderately successful milkshake machine salesman, turned McDonald's into a global force. According to this, he did it by ripping off the McDonald brothers and being a ruthless businessman. As played by Michael Keaton, he's a tireless salesman whose lack of actual talent is made up for by boundless ambition. The heart of the film is the fraught relationship between him and the McDonald brothers, who brought Ford-like efficiency to their burger joint and are eventually powerless to resist Kroc's vision. Nick Offerman and John Carroll Lynch are great as the brothers, and it's really the acting that keeps you interested. Laura Dern and Linda Cardellini are both underused. Usually a director of upbeat true stories like "The Blindside," John Lee Hancock can't quite find the right tone and has a weakness for peppy music and montages. Better than I thought.

Nov 10, 2017

Wow, really good movie. The birth of McDonald's kinda resembles how Facebook got started with Mark Zuckerberg facing off against the Winklevoss brothers on who actually owns the idea of Facebook. The results turned out to be the same. What can you say Michael Keaton as Ray Kroc was superb. Keaton is in the actor category of Tom Hanks, Anthony Hopkin, and Meryl Streep. Guy can play any role. Yeah, there was once a time hamburgers were 15 cents.

Nov 10, 2017

A good movie which shows two proud, honest brothers that gave excellent quality and service lose out to what seems a low life salesman with the ethics of a street dog (sorry dogs) As they say been there don't it but never quite got the 'T' shirt...... Good movie

Nov 08, 2017

very good movie. interesting to see the cut-throat capitalism of business. we all know it's there, but it's portrayed wonderfully. michael keaton plays a great scumbag.

Oct 13, 2017

Not worth it.

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Jul 28, 2017

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Jan 14, 2018

Ray Kroc: If I saw a competitor drowning, I'd shove a hose down his throat.


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