8 out of 10

Review of THE FOUNDER, A McDonald's Story

Movie review of The Founder: Ray Kroc, from humble to arrogant to business shark! What a great film about the man who created one of the biggest, successful business models ever.

The cast includes Michael Keaton as Ray Kroc, Nick Offerman and John Carroll Lynch as the brothers (Offerman was awesome and funny in a sardonic way), Linda Cardellini, B.J. Novak, Laura Dern, Patrick Wilson and many more.

Michael Keaton movies.

The film is directed by John Lee Hancock, who has helmed such great films as Saving Mr Banks, The Blind Side (A great great film), The Alamo, & The Rookie.

Director John Lee Hancock movies.

In my youth I had been told by someone that Ray Kroc stole McDonald’s from someone, I didn’t question it but neither did I give it credence. I figured, what ever you say.

Until I watched The Founder.

Officially,

“Raymond Albert “Ray” Kroc (October 5, 1902 – January 14, 1984) was an American businessman. He joined then Californian chain McDonald’s in 1954 and built it into a nationwide and eventually global franchise, making it the most successful fast food corporation in the world.”

When The film starts, we follow Ray in his daily grind selling milk shake mixers. It set the tone for where Ray came from, his mindset, his perserverance.

Part of his grind was the time he spent waiting thirty minutes for his “fast food.” And then to see it sometimes being wrong. Then he gets this order for six milk shake machines. He blames his secretary for getting the order wrong and calls this client, because who in the heck needs six machines? He calls them up and inquires, and sure enough, they felt like it was a mistake to order six machines, and that they really need eight!

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