Arts, Reviews

The Founder: A star-studded, disappointing biopic

Arts, Reviews

The Founder: A star-studded, disappointing biopic

6 months ago
By Chantelle Partridge

Ever wondered how one the world’s biggest franchises’ came into being? Well, here’s your chance to find out.

Salesman Ray Kroc has hit an all-time low; he’s selling milkshake machines without much success, and a limited market.

Whilst on the other side of the country, brothers Mac and Dick McDonald have success written all over their new business; a fast food restaurant delivering food to its consumers in less than 30 seconds – a revolutionary first for the 1950s.

These two worlds collide when the McDonald brothers decide to order a number of milkshake machines from Mr. Kroc; a partnership that made history in more ways than one, and continues to rake in money even today as part of the business giant that is the McDonald’s empire.

The cast for this biopic is stunningly star-studded, with Michael Keaton taking the helm as Ray Kroc, closely followed by Nick Offerman and John Carroll Lynch as the McDonald brothers. With very few laughs and plenty of drama it’s certainly a unique pleasure to find talent in such a limited acting style.

In terms of screen time, all I can say is that it needs to be cut down, quite substantially. A strong calibre of acting talent can only take a film so far, and though the roles are accurately attained, the script is way too wordy to be a Hollywood phenomenon. Which means you may find yourself nodding off at some/quite a lot of points.

Though the film is interesting enough to hold an audience, I can’t help but be disappointed in the overall final cut of the film, given the fact that Director John Lee Hancock has been responsible for some of my favourite films; including The Blind Side and Saving Mr. Banks, to name a few.

Unfortunately, for me this film just doesn’t reach the same height of cinematic quality.