It has been more twenty years since I first learnt that the man behind the global success of McDonald’s is not named McDonald, nor related to anyone named McDonald. In fact, his name is Ray Kroc – as Michael Keaton, who portrays him in The Founder points out, it is not exactly a name that makes you think of a restaurant.
In 1954, fledgling and ambitious Chicago milkshake multi-mixer salesman meets the McDonald Brothers, Dick (Nick Offerman) and “Mac” (John Carroll Lynch) after receiving a surprisingly large order. Out of curiosity to see why any “drive-thru” restaurant would have a need to make thirty milkshakes at a time, he drives across the country to San Bernardino, California.
At a time when typical drive-thru restaurants are served by waitresses struggling to stay upright on their roller-skates delivering food trays to waiting cars of teenagers, Kroc is surprised to find long lines of customers of all ages outside McDonald’s. He is even more surprised when his order is delivered to him within seconds of him placing his order of hamburger, fries and a Coke.