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The Founder - 1 Timothy 6:10

Welcome back to another Faith in Film blog post! Today, we're going to examine The Founder, the excellent biopic about McDonald's tycoon Ray Kroc starring Michael Keaton. Coincidentally, this film came out in 2016, the same year as Wednesday's movie, Arrival! Guess it was a good year for cinema. Don't worry; we'll include movies from other years as well!

As the film begins, we're introduced to traveling salesman Ray Kroc. He's a bit pushy, as uninvited salespeople can be from time to time, but he's not a bad guy. He and his wife live in a nice, cozy home in Illinois, but he spends a lot of time on the road. It's clear he's not happy with his life and wants something more. Keaton's performance is top-notch here; he really nails that gleam in the eye that sells Kroc's ambition.

It's clear that Ray has sold a number of different products over the years, and his wife intimates that he's been sure each one would be the "next big thing." When we meet him, it's milkshake mixers. We see a montage of him unsuccessfully pitching them to the owners of various drive-ins and gas stations.