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In Reply to: RE: The Founder posted by Dr Phibes on April 05, 2017 at 12:15:55
Michael Keaton does an excellent job playing an ambitious man (usually down on his luck) looking for his lucky strike. He finds it the form of San Bernadino's "McDonalds" restaurant which he believes is a veritable gold mine. The only thing that stands in his way is Dick and Mac McDonald (Offerman and Lynch)who live by a strict code of "their way". Once Kroc talks them into a better franchise concept the business has a rocky start but begins to build steam after reordering priorities that don't match up with the brothers' contract. Kroc resorts to war and eventually buys out his contracts, steals the name, and proclaims himself as "founder".
This film starts out in the innocent 50's with Kroc being a traveling salesman. He goes the California to investigate a new customer and is amazed at the concept of getting an order out within thirty seconds. The McDonald brothers proudly show him their operation and it is illustrated in a very amusing way for the audience. The film shows us Kroc's hit and misses with bankers and his struggle to make it work. His marriage to Dern slowly disintegrates and ends in divorce. But Kroc never gives up and "going low" ultimately proves his best bet.
The acting is superb, the story and narrative well presented, and the unmistakable feeling of a time gone by apparent at all times. I'm surprised this wasn't squeezed in before year's end as it will be mostly forgotten by nomination time next year.
This story shows the hope, aspirations, and ugliness of American business at its best. Must see.
Billy Wonka - Excellent summation, I agree 100% and thanks for articulating many impressions I had about the film.
The only problems I had (and I might be nitpicking because it was a wonderful film) was the editing - often done in quick 1 to 2 second clips. I think the director was facing the challenge of making eating at a McDondalds eventful and cinematic (for example). I found this quick editing annoying and distracting at times.
And the music was mostly meaningless. It played like a 90's PBS special with generic "Americana" vamps. It wasn't appropriate for the era either. I really didn't like it. That said, the "Pennies from Heaven" scene was magical.
Hi Dr. Phibes,
I just saw the Founder. Like you said it does make you think. I'm thinking maybe I didn't get it. I agree with Wonka but must say I like a movie with a conclusion from the plot. It seemed like the movie just stopped or ran out of film near the end
Here's an example; What About Schmidt with Jack Nicholson. Very dark and depressing but a finale that will tear into you. The end of the Founder kind of left me not wondering about the conclusion, like the Birds, but just glad the movie was over.
One thing that stuck out most to me was that constant dower look on Laura Derns face. I think she's hot. For an attractive woman thats a hard role to play......I thought the soundtrack was great though.....Mark Korda
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