The Movie: 6/10
I like stories based on real life, but the problem is you never really know the TRUE true story. Hollywood needs to add and subtract and dramatize and tweak every bit of a story in order to make it an interesting movie. I will say, Founder is a good-looking, well made, well paced and entertaining movie. As far as being convinced about the truth of the matter, well, it seems pretty flimsy. I recognize that the guy who basically stole the “founder” title of McDonald’s would be a shyster, wheeler-dealer, and Michael Keaton does an excellent job of getting that across. No matter what he’s going to get what he wants and sometimes it’s uncomfortable.
No, i don’t think it was necessary to make McDonald’s a world-wide thing, so the idea that he has achieved something really doesn’t wash with me. Yes, it’s an amazing feat of his hard work and salesmanship, not to mention capturing the public’s attention in every corner of the his planet, but again, it really was not necessary and it doesn’t do anyone any good, not really, so it seems like an empty achievement at best.
Like I said, the movie is well made, well paced, it has some good performances, and it’s very entertaining. What it doesn’t do is give me a real sense of attachment to any of the characters, which is fine. I get this guy, he’s a flim flam artist, a talker, a con man on some level, and that’s very clear. What I don’t get is why. Why is he who he is? I would like some hint as to his “origin” story, but we get nothing. We get the whole origin of the brothers who actually started McDonald’s, even though it’s in a quick montage sequence, so I feel more for them than our leading man. I supposed that might have been the idea, but it left me not rooting for him or wanting him to fail, or anything really. I just wanted him to go away.
The sets and costumes are great. I was convinced it was the right era, and it did dredge up that nostalgia thing, even though I was not around in those days to be nostalgic for them. Funny how that works. People my age, born in the late 60’s feeling nostalgic for the 50’s and 60’s because of all the TV and movies we have seen, and music we have listened to that convinces some deep dark corner of our brains that we experienced it in some way.
Overall i felt I got a tiny sense of the drama that went with the beginning of the most well-known food establishment on Earth, but not convinced I know the REAL story. That leaves me a little blah on the whole thing. I would recommend it with a documentary or two, to balance out the fiction vs. reality. 🙂
- Behind The Scenes Gallery – A five-part mostly promotional piece on the making of the film.
- Press Conference (37 Minutes) – Round table type press conference with all the major players from the movie.
- DVD & UV Digital Copy
Cover Art: 5/10
I wouldn’t have this cover as a poster just because it’s kind of boring….not to mention it’s a big fat advertisement for McDonald’s. 🙂
Audio & Video: /10
The Founder comes to Blu-ray courtesy of a 1080P AVC transfer that is pleasant but not top-tier. Filmed digitally the film looks quite flat and a little DNR seems to have been added making it slightly soft. Color shines though and close up detail is still evident despite the filter used. I saw no banding or macro-blocking at all during the films run time.
The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track is also nice but not something you would use to demonstrate your home theater. Dialog is central and where it should be during the film and surround sound does play a part during the films restaurant scenes. This is a good quality Blu-ray transfer from Anchor Bay.
Overall Score 6/10