The filmography of Texas-born director and writer John Lee Hancock
indicates a fascination with major pieces of Americana like baseball, football, and Walt Disney, the latter serving as both a subject (Saving Mr. Banks
) and a sometime employer (Banks, along with The Rookie
and the ill-fated Touchstone production The Alamo
). So it makes sense that Hancock would tackle the American institution known as McDonald’s in The Founder
, a second-act biopic that explains how, exactly, the restaurant went from a single location in San Bernardino, California, to 118 countries across the globe.
It’s more surprising, in the context of Hancock’s other work, that this origin story involves the wheelings and dealings of Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton
), a salesman who, essentially, filched a family business away from the actual McDonalds, Dick (Nick Offerman
) and Mac (John Carroll Lynch
). In contrast with the folksy Disneyfication on display in Saving Mr ...