The Founder movie review - Aussieboyreviews


The Founder is the true story about the history of McDonald’s involving cheating, ambition and treachery. This biographical film is very interesting and you just never know the whole story behind simple businesses just down the road.


A salesman named Ray Kroc meets the two brothers who own McDonald’s, a burger fast food eatery. He soon discovers the potential of the place and persistently pushes to make McDonald’s the world’s biggest restaurant business.

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Movie details

Director: John Lee Hancock
Cast: Michael Keaton, Nick Offerman, John Carroll Lynch, Linda Cardellini, Patrick Wilson, B. J. Novak, Laura Dern
Writer: Robert Siegel
Release Date (Australia): 24 November 2016
Runtime: 115 minutes/1h 55m
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Language: English

CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)

Themes (PG)

Themes in the film include the character betraying the trust of other characters and cheating them out of their business.

Coarse Language (M)

The film includes one use of the word “f**king”, as well as use of the words “bulls**t”, “hell”, “damn”, “ass” and “bitch”.

mpaa rating

PG-13 (for brief strong language)

Aussie boy's thoughts

An informative biopic that depicts the history of McDonald’s, which no one could’ve ever guessed there was a majorly fascinating story behind a classic fast food restaurant. John Lee Hancock’s movie is the true story behind a huge establishment we only ever see as casual, because we probably just buy a simple meal from there every once in a while.

The reason this movie really catches up in your mind is because of Ray Kroc, the main character who’s played by Michael Keaton, who does a very good job in his role. He’s completely relentless and totally ambitious because he takes credit for everything and cheats the McDonalds brothers out of their business. During this process, no crimes are committed and he is very persistent, so makes a pretty decent example of an antihero because he’s definitely not pleasant and it’s quite difficult to know how to feel about him or just appreciate him.

This makes The Founder a solid story of ambition, treachery, persistence and passion, but not necessarily in the best role-model way. This film just surprises you because it lets you know there’s a really big story behind McDonald’s and it’s about real estate, but other than that, it’s an entertaining and very engrossing story to watch. It uses its time wisely and you could develop more of an opinion by watching it over and over.

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