Infinitely curious he drives straight out to the restaurant and meets with the two brothers who founded what he immediately recognises as a revolution in food service. He learns their story and simply can’t get it out of his head. Now obsessed he pursues the McDonald brothers relentlessly with the idea of franchising the business and despite their reservations we all know that the McDonalds brand expands beyond even Ray’s expectations.
And as much as the true story element is interesting the film is equally held together by a fantastic cast all bringing their top game, Nick Offerman and John Carroll Lynch as the McDonald brothers are a well balanced duo taken down by their own ambition. If there’s a weak link it’s the ladies (female characters, what are they?) as Laura Dern is sympathetic as Ray’s put-upon wife but we never quite learn enough about her to see their relationship as more than a background detail so when it starts to fall apart you can’t help but wonder if there’s anything there worth saving anyway.
It’s not like there isn’t tension to be found, I went in knowing only the bare bones of the story and found myself enthralled, even anxious about what might transpire. Unfortunately, particularly towards the end, there’s a habit for dramatic beats to happen off screen, which was a little jarring and I certainly would have rather seen them played out, but it didn’t ruin anything for me as such.
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