Engaging tale of Ray Kroc’s ‘founding’ of McDonalds.
Michael Keaton does a fair job of trying to be a focused and somewhat ruthless Kroc. He gets across the variable success of Kroc’s earlier entrepreneurial efforts. And he does portray the evangelical enthusiasm for the McDonald’s concept. There’s an apparent maturing of Kroc’s business thinking and his introduction of talented folks who share his vision and have skills he does not.
The McDonalds brothers are successful in their own way but are very risk averse. As a result it’s hard to feel sympathy for them when Kroc’s McDonalds corporation machinery buys them out of their store. For apparently $1.35million each. Not bad for a small burger joint.
It’s an OK ‘based on a true story’ film that despite its quality lacks some of the drama and tension that this story might have been able to deal. Worth watching if you have the time.