You Deserve a Break, Today

It's as close as we get in the United State to a universally shared experience... eating at a McDonald's.

The movie, Founder, tells the story of the man who put Golden Arches in almost community and how he got there.

The story seems to be told from the point of view of the McDonald brothers, Dick and Mac.

They built store number one in San Bernadino, California.

Ray Kroc was a milk shake mixer salesmen, and apparently not a great one, when there was an order for 6 mixers from the McDonalds.

He went out to see them and their restaurant and realized it was unlike any place he'd ever seen.

The movie shows Kroc as an entrepreneur looking for his big chance.  In the McDonald's Speedee system, he saw it and grabbed it - convincing them to let him get a franchise and market them from his home in Chicago.

The three were soon bucking heads.

There is an old proverb about seeing sausages being made, and with that in mind this movie might change what you think of the Golden Arches supper club.

On the other hand, it's interesting to see the cut-throat, dog eat dog world of business and striving to get a hold of the next big thing.

Michael Keaton is convincing as the Founder of McDonald's - even though Kroc wasn't, he just claimed to be.

Just watching how events turn out, it's hard not to feel a little sorry for the McDonald's.

Beyond the partnership which ends poorly, Founder tells a uniquely American story and how a simple menu and some ingenuity created a universal experience.

4 stars for Founder - see it soon, I have my doubts how it will do at the box office.