Movie Talk

The Founder

I hate biopics. I watch them and I'm always disappointed. "The Founder" is no different. It's not a very good movie, but it's a fantastic story. I was inspired to reevaluate the way I approach my career and to keep in mind that the single most important characteristic, perhaps the only important characteristic, of successful people is persistence. Also, don't be a schmuck. Ray Kroc was an asshole, but he was shrewd as hell and he was no fucking schmuck. He dreamed big and never ever stopped. His actions that lead to a corporation today worth over 30 billion dollars apply to virtually every undertaking. Singular focus. Competitive spirit. Persistence. Ambition. Discipline.

This really isn't a very good movie. I just drove through some of the same highway locations they feature in the film and they look better on my 2 year old Boost Mobile camera than they do on screen. How difficult is it photograph nature with a real camera? The casting is uninspired, the directing is poor. I felt nothing for any of the characters. Zero. But the story is really inspiring. The best line is, "If one of my competitors was drowning I'd put a hose in his mouth and turn on the water. Can you say the same?"  Ray Kroc was all Michael Corleone in a world full of Fredos.

As an aside I bought some McDonalds french fries two days ago because I needed internet access "late" at night in a town of 600 people. It was the only option. They made me sick as hell. Disgusting product. Take the message about ambition and persistence. Don't eat the food.