The Founder - 4 Stars
Michael Keaton and Nick Offerman shine in fascinating origin story.
The true story of McDonald's founder Ray Kroc.
McDonald’s is the most iconic brand of all time and this fascinating picture from director John Lee Hancock delves into the company’s rise to power. Due to the nature of the material and story it gives the actors a lot to play with. What’s nice about this film is that a lot of it is underplayed, so we get to see a more realistic subtlety to the performances - as opposed to over-the-top drama.
Michael Keaton is going for gold again, after failing to win an Oscar for Birdman you can tell he really wants it now. He does again deserve it, but I’m sure he’ll have tough competition. Nick Offerman has been taking on more serious roles of late and his is fantastic. Patrick Wilson, Laura Dern and Linda Cardellini round out the exceptional ensemble cast.
The music and cinematography are both unique and interesting, there are some shots that are framed very cleverly and the underscoring of the film is masterful.
Overall a good film that tells a fascinating story and features two incredible performances.
Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay
Screening courtesy of Palace Nova Cinemas