I was intrigued by the premise of "The Founder" and the cast. Going in, I expected to like it a lot, and while I did like the film, I think that it was ultimately a little... bland.
The film is undoubtedly well-made. The cinematography and editing are well-done. What it doesn't do is really add anything to the biopic genre. None of its elements are revolutionary in any way. As such, it doesn't really give the story the justice it deserves in terms of subverting tropes. The story is rather interesting as a whole, but starts off a bit slowly. Additionally, I didn't think that the protagonist was a particularly sympathetic character. He is actually a really big jerk. I think the film may have been more effective if he were to be portrayed as the antagonist and the McDonald brothers as the protagonists. I also liked the film's incorporation of humor, however, it is by no means a comedy.
Otherwise, the acting was very good. Keaton was great as the lead actor. He commanded the screen and delivered his lines very well. Nick Offerman and John Carroll Lynch are both very good in their supporting roles, in roles that are more dramatic than is standard for them. Others, like B.J. Novak and Patrick Wilson are also good, but have little screen time.
Overall, "The Founder" was a good film, but it didn't necessarily add anything new to the genre. The story is pretty interesting and the acting is great, but it can be described as a little bland overall.
Big Tuna's Rating: B
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Probably.
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