Film review: The Founder
McDONALD'S: we all know it, we all love it, but do you know how it all started?
The Founder, starring Michael Keaton, is based on the story of how the fast food giant got it's footing in America.
How did one McDonald's store, run by two brothers Mac (John Carroll Lynch) and Dick McDonald (Nick Offerman), with the simple business plan of simple, good food and a family friendly environment become to massive conglomerate it is today?
With the help of failing businessman Ray Kroc.
Specialising in selling milkshake makers to drive-in owners who are disinterested in change, Kroc comes across the McDonald's brothers who own a business going gang-busters because of a smooth, quick process that gets people their meal in 30 seconds and revolutionising the restaurant business.
Kroc weasels his way into the business, offering to help franchise McDonald's. Reluctantly, the brothers accept. But Kroc has his own ideas for the future and gradually takes control.
In the past few years, Michael Keaton has starred some brilliant films that really show off his ability to transform into any character.
From Riggan Thomson in Birdman to Walter "Robby" Robinson in Spotlight and now as Kroc in The Founder, it seems like Keaton, after decades in the industry, is finally picking the best and most interesting roles he can get his hands on.
You can't take your eyes off Keaton, who dominates the screen with his obsessive and slimy performance as Kroc.
The only person who comes close to taking on the veteran actor's on-screen presence is Nick Offerman, whose character carefully considers every move and has no time for inefficient service and people.
It seems like Kroc's character is really designed to overshadow everyone around him, perhaps to mirror the nature of McDonald's today.
The Founder is about something we are all so familiar with, but we might not all be familiar with the story behind it.
It's fascinating to watch this persistent character completely demolish the dream of two men who have worked incredibly hard to make something of themselves.
The Founder gets four and a half Big Macs out of five.