The Founder Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score The Founder by Carter Burwell.
At a glance:
Geek Score: 75.3
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 4.1
Album Excellence: 8.3%
The Founder is a 2016 American drama film directed by John Lee Hancock and starring Michael Keaton, Nick Offerman & John Carroll Lynch. This drama tells the true story of how Ray Kroc, a salesman from Illinois, met Mac and Dick McDonald, who were running a burger operation in 1950s Southern California. Kroc was impressed by the brothers’ speedy system of making the food and saw franchise potential. He maneuvered himself into a position to be able to pull the company from the brothers and create a billion-dollar empire. The score is composed by Carter Burwell.
A true founder’s story, based on a little bit of madness, a little bit of genius and a lot of persistence. Plus you have that whole Americana thing going for it. Will the score capitalise on that I wonder? I’m very curious because it’s Burwell and he dares to do things a little different. Let’s see. The score opens with ‘San Bernardino’, and Burwell actually capitalises on the Americana vibe, in his own way of course. But the guitar is telling for me. The theme is a bit off-beat, but quite nice. Could be an ear worm in the future. There’s an interesting element of jazz here as well, something I wouldn’t normally expect, but given the era, it’s not a total impossibility. ‘Multimixer Man’ is one of those jazz cues and while it’s not your typical jazz piece, it has definite elements of the genre, particularly the bass.
It’s a score that’s low key, but that’s in Burwell’s DNA so it’s to be expected. You have similarities to earlier scores as well, for example ‘The Arches’ reminds me of some of the music he did for Twilight. It’s interesting to hear Burwell’s take on cues like ‘The Creation Of A Burger’ with a quirky feel to them. Not quite Thomas Newman in classic mode, but there’s something there. It’s nice to listen to this score no doubt about that, but I wouldn’t even call it close to being addictive or a must-listen. Still, there’s something about it and I have no doubts it will fit the film perfectly. The only thing I really love about this score is the theme which is played a couple of times. There should be more to it than that, but for me there isn’t. It’s a shame, because I can think of many ways I would personally have improved the listening experience, but as it is, it’s not what I hoped it would be. What do you think of the score?
1. San Bernardino
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