Review of The Founder


The Founder is the true sinister story of Ray Kroc and McDonalds. (Spoilers Ahead)

Our story takes place in the 50s. Our main character is Ray Kroc played by Michael Keaton. Ray is a salesmen who comes across two brothers, Mac and Richard McDonald. The two own a remarkable burger shop. The food is quick and fresh, this amazes Ray and he wants to franchise it.

I find Ray’s character arch in the film very interesting. We all know that by the end of the film he’s going to be the bad guy and that he’s going to do horrible things but it still come off as a surprise at the end when he does it. Ray’s wife: Ethel Kroc also plays a role in the film. Throughout the film Ethel is getting neglected by Ray, and it doesn’t help when Ray meets Mrs. Horford. Ray falls in love Mrs. Horford and divorces Ethel.

Throughout the film we get to see the McDonald brothers and there reactions to decisions made by Ray. About three quarters into the film Ray gets a lawyer to straiten the deal out. Ray starts making decisions without getting them through the brothers, Ray starts to have powdered milkshakes and more locations. The brothers call him and Mac gets extremely upset to the point were he has a heart attack of some sorts, and he ends up in the hospital.

By the end of the film Ray owns McDonalds, and the brothers can’t even use there own name there restaurant. In the end the theme of the film is persistence. What you can do with it, what others can with it. what it can take, what it can give. In the end persistence toke from the McDonalds and gave to Ray. It’s an amazing film, that I think is a remarkable true story.

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