More To Say #35: The Founder

The Founder is a 2016 American biographical drama film directed by John Lee Hancock and written by Robert Siegel. The film stars Michael Keaton as businessman Ray Kroc, and portrays the story of his creation of the McDonald’s fast food chain. Nick Offerman and John Carroll Lynch co-star as McDonald’s founders Richard and Maurice McDonald.

The film premiered at Arclight Hollywood on December 7, 2016 and was released in the United States on January 20, 2017, by The Weinstein Company. It grossed $23 million worldwide and received generally positive reviews from critics, with praise for Keaton’s performance.

And here we have another example of wasting a potential Oscar contender by dumping it in the middle of fucking January, what the hell Weinstein Company, I thought you were better than this.

But yeah, this movie is really fucking good, I really enjoyed the hell out of it and a lot of it does come from the performances, Michael Keaton is great as Ray Kroc, he’s playing this snarky sadistically jackass that has this idea to create the McDonald’s fast food chain and he makes the role work so well. Again, they should’ve given this movie an Oscar season release because this is a Keaton performance worthy of an Oscar nomination.

The rest of the cast is really good too, you have Nick Offerman and John Carroll Lynch as the real founders, Linda Cardellini, B.J. Novak, Patrick Wilson and Laura Dern also have great roles in this.

The script by The Wrestler’s Robert D. Siegel does a good job of balancing out both the drama and comedic elements nicely. John Lee Hancock, director of The Blind Side and Saving Mr. Banks, does a great job handling the direction in this, the visual look of the movie is nicely done, the editing is well done and the cinematography by John Schwartzman is great to watch as well.

The Founder is definitely one of the best movies released this year, yes, I know it premiered in 2016 but it wasn’t released until 2017 so it would technically count on my list of the best movies of the year, which it is on as of right now, this is one of the most overlooked films released in the last year and this is more than well worth checking out, if not for another excellent Michael Keaton performance.

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