ROBERT WRIGHT

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More history, less hysteria

Review: The Founder

The Founder is a mostly forgettable Hollywood morality play.  Michael Keaton's Ray Kroc is the purest of capitalist villains—screwing the virtuous McDonald brothers out of their birthright, cutting his saintly wife out of his fortune, plagiarizing his speeches.  But the unlikely hero in the movie is fast food itself.  After decades of vilification, the humble American burger & fries combo is here resurrected as a virtuous family-friendly, post-war idyll.  Kroc's biggest crime, according to director John Lee Hancock?  Making shakes out of "Inst-a-mix" to save money on refrigeration costs, then marrying the already-married woman who came up with the idea.