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1.18.2017

Coming Soon - The Founder

I saw a sneak peak of Michael Keaton's new movie, The Founder, which opens nationwide January 20th. Check it out!

After witnessing the revolutionary styled restaurant of two brothers, Dick and Mac McDonald (Nick Offerman and John Carroll Lynch), salesman, Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton) takes McDonald's from a single site family run establishment to one of the most successful businesses of all time.

Let's hear it for your classic nice guys finish last story - and a true one at that.

I never know what I'm supposed to take away from a story like The Founder. To me, it read as a cautionary tale to those that dare put themselves out there by actually creating something new or innovative. Watch out, because guys like Ray Kroc are out there just waiting to leech onto your success and steal it right out from underneath you.

While I wouldn't say The Founder was celebratory in its portrayal of Ray Kroc, as the clear "winner" of the story the film thereby grants us permission to revel in his genius, however maniacal it may have been.  Again, as I pondered in my review of War Dogs last year (see here), what does it say about our country that we continually memorialize these types of men on film?

Yet, as the film reminds us, McDonald's is America. Ray Kroc's story is your classic American tale of rugged individualism. Anyone can make it here if they just work hard enough. Who cares who you might topple over on the way to the top, as long as you're the one who ends up on top in the end, right?

Michael Keaton gives an excellent performance as Ray Kroc - you'll love to hate him; and more notably Nick Offerman (who, by the way, looks so weird without his mustache) and John Carrol Lynch as the McDonald's brothers were amazingly solid throughout - humorous, hopeful, and painfully poignant.

If you're looking for a different kind of film glorifying the antihero in us all, then check out The Founder. It's an interesting film worthy of a view albeit more for the thought provoking conversation that is sure to follow than for the film itself.

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