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#25 THE FOUNDER (2016)









The Founder is the story of Ray Kroc, the man who made McDonald's a multi-million dollar corporation. Michael Keaton is excellent as Kroc, who's a salesman trying out one scheme after another to make a buck (when the film opens, he's selling multi-milkshake mixers from the trunk of his car) when he travels to San Bernadino to see the McDonald brothers (Nick Offerman and John Carroll Lynch) and why they actually want to order eight multi-mixer...s from him. He finds that their ideas for making quality "fast" food are revolutionary and offers to sell franchises for them They reluctantly agree to give it a try but they are slow, methodical and nowhere near Kroc's pace. His ideas stall under their veto power. So he does things to literally steal the business from under them. Keaton will almost remind you of Beetlejuice when he fast-talks a mile a minute in salesman mode. As likeable as Keaton makes Kroc, the film can't make its lead character a hero, try as The Founder might, especially after he cuts the McDonald brothers out of what was rightfully theirs, cheats on his wife (Laura Dern) and then asks for a divorce, telling his lawyer she'll never get a penny of his McDonalds profits. It's a fascinating film with solid performances all around but don't expect to feel good at the end of The Founder.

TLA one-word review: interesting

THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

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