The Founder [2016] ★★★

 thefounder_officialposterEver wondered how it all started? How McDonald’s became McDonald’s? Then you’ve come to the right place. Just like its main character, “The Founder” has a fascinating story to tell about the people whose rocky collaboration resulted in one of the most famous restaurant chains in the world. But first, we meet Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton, never better), a struggling salesman who sees a golden opportunity when he meets Mac and Dick McDonald, two brothers who were running a burger place in Southern California in 1954. Kroc’s vision was simple: turn this humble business into a franchise and live happily ever after. “Persistence”, he says. That’s the key to success.  Director John Lee Hancock (“Saving Mr. Banks”) gives us an interesting if somewhat humorous look of how far “persistence” (and a bit of greed) can take you in America. Is he giving a sermon? I saw no sign of that. Hancock is only interested in facts. Then it’s up to us (the audience) to give a fair judgement. The result is a highly entertaining slice of history, highlighted by a superior performance by Michael Keaton. What more can you ask for?

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