I have nothing but good things to say about “The Founder,” the biopic about Ray Kroc, the man who made the McDonald’s restaurants a household name in the 1950s and 1960s. Michael Keaton continues to astound me with his great acting ability playing the multi-faceted and ruthless Kroc, who met the McDonald brothers and not only franchised their idea, but outmaneuvered them and took the rights to their own name. Keaton takes great care to give Kroc the proper interpretation, down to mannerisms, accent, and just a general sense of just how hungry he is to succeed and be rich and famous.
You probably know the story, it’s really no different here.
The script by Robert Siegel and the direction by John Lee Hancock were both very impressive. I’ve always felt that when you do a period piece, especially a biopic, I have to be totally immersed and convinced that I care about the story. It helps that was already familiar with the backstory of what happened here going in. I tend to be when it comes to what biopics interest me. This one was no exception.
It’s interesting to note that most of this film was shot in Georgia. As several readers of this probably know, the state has been a boon for media production over the last few years. Isn’t it a coincidence that Atlanta is probably going to be my next move career-wise? Hmm.
I highly recommend watching this film. It’s an interesting story and a great period piece. It’s a win-win flick!