Don’t miss these two movie offerings

Monday December 12, 2016 Written by Published in Entertainment
Michael Keaton plays the lead role in The Founder, now screening at the Empire Cinema. 16120913 Michael Keaton plays the lead role in The Founder, now screening at the Empire Cinema. 16120913

IT’S GOOD to be back after missing the last couple of columns.


Circumstances keep people occupied and they didn’t spare me either.

I have so much to write about entertainment. So much that I have penned two reviews today.

The Founder and Moana which will return next week to Empire Cinema, provided the dose of entertainment I needed to keep me going this busy week.

Ever wondered while munching on those crispy McDonald’s fries and those scrumptious burgers, where it all began?

The Founder gives you the sneak peek into how the world’s leading fast food restaurant was born and franchised.

Starring the critically acclaimed Michael Keaton in the lead role, the movie, based around events from the 1950s to the 1970s, is about the man who revolutionised the fast food industry.

That man was Ray Kroc, who is played by Keaton in this biographical drama film.

Kroc was a struggling milkshake machine salesman in his 50s when his journey with McDonald’s began.

After being turned down at every diner where he stops to sell his machines, Kroc is intrigued by the unusually large number of milkshake makers ordered from a small diner named McDonald’s.

Fascinated by the efficient and fast service process adopted by the diner’s original founders, the McDonald brothers, Kroc suggests franchising the brand.

After some persuasion, the brothers sign Kroc as the franchising agent. But things don’t go as planned for Kroc, who has to mortgage his house in order to start the franchise after failing to lure investors.

The Founder is about a concept born to rule the world and it turns out all it needed was a bit of bold move and proper nourishing.

As they say, all big things start small. The movie is about an empire which began with a small town hamburger stand and grew to what is now 36,615 outlets across 119 countries.

It is also about the persistence of one man, Ray Kroc, who had the vision, despite adversities, to make McDonald’s the empire it is today.

The Founder makes you believe that sometimes thinking big is not being greedy. It is being ambitious.  

Go try The Founder, you will be lovin’ it!

I have a habit of saving the best for last.

Universally, it’s perceived a good thing. Practically, it may not be. Especially when it comes to movies. And when I say movies, I mean one in particular: Moana.

I was in Fiji when this latest Disney delight was first released. It was crazy. In almost every conversation I have had since then, either in person or on social networks with friends and families, Moana has somewhat found its way into the conversation.

And in every mention, the movie has garnered nothing but praise.

On Thursday last week when the local cinema decided to extend its screening by another week due to demand, I thought, why not?

I assumed the cinema wouldn’t be that full after observing long queues outside the Empire over the last couple of weeks, with one stretching all the way to the main road. How naïve I was. I had underestimated the drawing power of Moana.

The movie is about an adventurous teenager named Moana Waialiki (Auli’i Cravalho), the daughter and heir of a chief on the small Polynesian island of Motunui.

When her island faces food scarcity, Moana sets out on a daring mission to save her people.

The mission is to find once-mighty demigod Maui (Dwayne Johnston) and restore the heart of Te Fiti, an island goddess who created all life.

A millennium ago, Maui stole the heart which he eventually lost, bringing terrible curse to mankind.

What is so special about Moana? Almost everything.

From the characters and their portrayal, to the story and visual effects Moana strikes gold in every aspect of filmmaking.

The story is heartwarming, one that is so very relatable to Pacific Islanders and the visuals are delightful.

Moana is so neatly set that you will feel the essence of Polynesian culture that is knitted finely in the backdrop, with a modern touch to keep today’s audience engrossed in an ancient tale that some may never have heard of.

It is about discovering your own identity amidst all odds and it is simply beauty beyond words.

Movies like Moana shouldn’t be saved for last. They should be devoured at first sight.

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