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Blu-ray Review: The Founder

April 25, 2017

By John Corrado

Recounting the true story of how McDonald’s became what it is today, The Founder focuses on the slick salesman Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton), who discovered a family burger joint in the 1950s run by brothers Mac (John Carroll Lynch) and Dick McDonald (Nick Offerman), and got them to franchise their business so he could take it over as his own.

Carried by Michael Keaton’s magnetic and fiercely committed performance, which got unfairly overlooked by awards voters last year despite being utterly transfixing to watch, The Founder is an entertaining and sharply written biopic that works as much more than just the origin story of a fast food joint.  This is the sort of film that deserves more of a chance now that it’s available at home, and you can read my full review right here.

The Blu-ray also includes four brief promotional featurettes that touch on the ensemble cast, Michael Keaton’s performance, the story behind the film, and the legacy of how McDonald’s revolutionized the fast food business with its Speedy System, as well as a regular DVD of the film and a digital copy.

The Founder is an Elevation Pictures release.  It’s 116 minutes and rated PG.

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