Saturday, January 21, 2017
The Founder 
CNS/USCCB () review
Los Angeles Times (J. Chang) review
RogerEbert.com (M. Zoller-Seitz) review
AVClub (J. Hassenger) review
The Founder  (directed by Jack Lee Hancock, screenplay by Robert Siegal) tells the compelling (!) if not necessarily pretty story of the origins of certainly the largest fast-food franchise company, McDonald's, in history.
While as yet hearing surprisingly _no buzz_ for this film, I'd certainly say that Michael Keaton simply DESERVES OSCAR CONSIDERATION for his role as Ray Kroc [wikip] [IMDb] the one-time traveling huckster / salesman from Oak Park, Arlington Heights, Des Plaines, Illinois (suburban Chicago) who turned the "one miracle stand" operation of the McDonald brothers - Richard ("Dick") and Maurice ("Mac") (played in the film by Nick Offerman and John Carroll Lynch respectively) - of San Bernardino, California into the multibillion dollar multinational McDonald's corporation.
How'd he do it? He'd say ... persistence. And one would have to say, a definite level of _meanness_, there were _definitely_ "some eggs" that were "cracked" to make _this_ "Egg McMuffin..."
But honestly, what a(n American) story! Call it this year's rendition of The Master  (a film inspired by the life of Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard) or Joy  (a film about QVC / Home Shopping Network sensation Joy Mongano inventor of the "the self-wringing mop" ;-). It's a story that's both trivial / _banal_ AND ... compelling / _worth telling_ ...
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