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"The Founder" English film review - Nicely made, with another great performance by Keaton

  • Sekhar GC

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    Desimartini | Updated - February 11, 2017 9:12 PM IST
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    The FounderWatch trailerRelease date : January 20, 2017

    John Lee Hancock comes up with a fine directorial venture, telling us the tale of the rise of Ray Kroc, a small-time Illinois-based salesman, back in the fifties; and how he goes about franchising and acquiring McDonald's, America's most famous fast-food joint, and in the process becoming a real-estate mogul, too. The filmmaker seems to be doing full justice to the story written by Robert Siegel, who has also come up with an impressive screenplay, here.

    Nick Offerman and John Carroll Lynch come up with superlative performances playing the The McDonald brothers - Richard and Maurice - and you feel for them, as Kroc goes about bullying them and acquires their baby ruthlessly.

    Michael Keaton comes up with yet another terrific performance after Birdman (you may read my thoughts on that, here). This man is quite an institution of acting. He is ably supported by Laura Dern and Linda Cardellini, who play the two main women in his life.

    The biggest strength of this is the way in which the story has been narrating, keeping it pretty interesting throughout. You feel for the original founder brothers, who are swindles of atleast a hundred million dollars (adjusted to today's inflation) annually, thus realizing that it's a dog eats dog world out there, especially when it comes to business and money.

    My verdict: 3.5 out of 5. Watch the drama unfold in this well-told real-life story of a single man's persistence to make McDonald's the new American church!

    - Sekhar, http://GCtheThinker.blogspot.com

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