Depends who you ask…
The Founder has been in theaters for about a month now and it looks amazing!
The Founder tells the story of Ray Kroc and how he came to form the mega-franchise that is McDonald’s. It starts from the origins of how he met Dick and Mac McDonald and eventually took over the franchise, taking the name with him.
So is the film true-to-life? Well, that’s debatable upon who you ask. Kroc and the McDonald brothers had, shall we say, disagreements about whose idea it was to franchise and use the now-infamous golden arches. Kroc also claims that after he officially took over the franchise, he ran the McDonalds brothers out of business at their original location (which they maintained per their agreement) by opening a brand new McDonald’s across the street — a fact which the McDonald brothers vehemently disagree with.
But the bare bones of the story seem to be accurate. As for the details, it looks like the movie is following Kroc’s account of the events, which makes sense since we’re guessing The Founder had to get certain permissions from the fast food restaurant in order to use his name, etc.
Either way, the film looks like a can’t-miss, especially with Michael Keaton at the forefront. Beetlejuice, Batman and now Ray Kroc — what can’t this guy do?
Check out the trailer below to see for yourself.