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The Founder - The Weather

Post  Polidano on Thu Apr 12, 2018 4:05 pm

The weather in any film is critical in helping to establish atmosphere/ mood. Think back to your viewing of the film and determine when/ if it were sunny, warm, cold, rainy, etc. Does the depiction of weather enhance certain scenes throughout the film?

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Re: The Founder - The Weather

Post  Brendan schuck on Fri Apr 13, 2018 9:12 am

The weather throughout the film was always a parallel to Ray’s current mood. For example when Ray returns to Illinois from San Bernardino to sell the milkshake mixers, the weather is rainy and cloudy reflecting how Ray currently feels. Another example of this would be after Ray starts to franchise the McDonalds restaurants and the weather is sunny. This also reflects Ray’s mood as he is now achieving a goal that he set himself and the weather is reflecting how he is content with his work. The use of weather to convey emotions and atmosphere in this film really enhance certain scenes in the film because it is able to make the audience relate to Ray in his moments of despair as well as his moments of triumph

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Post  Isabella_Smith on Fri Apr 13, 2018 9:30 am

When there is a part in the movie where Kroc is not getting the success he wants, it becomes overcast and bleak to reflect how Kroc is feeling. For example when he sells the milkshake machine. However, when he starts to get off the ground and actually starts to become successful in the Macdonald's company, it is sunny and bright and happy again. The weather is used in this movie to show how Ray is feeling and to let the audience know whether it is a good or bad situation for Ray, which overall enhances the scene and gives it a mood.
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Re: The Founder - The Weather

Post  danny_76 on Fri Apr 13, 2018 9:34 am

The weather in the movie enhances the picture because it supports the emotions felt. When Ray drives through the open plains to the San Bernardino McDonald's, it's sunny and warm which can represent the opportunity that awaits Ray and the hope that things will get better. Another time is when Ray arrives at the Phoenix McDonald's and sees the shining arches in the night. That can represent a light in the dark for Ray. Another moment is when Ray comes home to his wife and finds out that the house has been mortgaged. It is dark and rainy and represents things falling apart for Ray.

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Post  Julia S on Fri Apr 13, 2018 10:03 am

The weather throughout the film is used to create dramatic irony. During the part of the film where Kroc is unable to sell a milkshake machine. It is raining and dark outside. This sets the mood for the scene because Kroc is sad that he is not making sales. Another time is when he goes up to the Macdonalds golden arches at night time and he sees the bright glow of the neon lights. The weather in the movie allows us to feel how the characters are feeling and makes them easier to relate to.

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Re: The Founder - The Weather

Post  Christine Sim on Fri Apr 13, 2018 6:17 pm

The weather created a different atmosphere depending on what the character was feeling at that current moment. When Ethel finds out that he mortgaged his house to possibly pay off his debts, the weather was dark and rainy to represent that Ethel was upset and unhappy with his impulsive decision. It also represented how everything in Ray's life was falling apart, business and relationship-wise. On the other hand, when Joan and Ray were alone outside the Mcdonald's nearby, the clear night sky represents how calm and relaxed he felt talking to Joan, despite the problems he was facing.

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Re: The Founder - The Weather

Post  Laura_B on Sun Apr 15, 2018 11:46 am

The weather reflects Kroc’s mood in the film. When Kroc was having trouble making sales or just down on his luck it was always raining. When Ray goes to MacDonalds in San Bernardino for the first time, it is sunny and beautiful which can represent the new hope he is feeling. The weather in this film enhances and helps the audience to understand the emotions of the main character, Ray Kroc.

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Ray Croc Weather

Post  KaiHuget32 on Mon Apr 16, 2018 4:42 pm

The weather was used to imitate Ray Croc based on how he was feeling at the time. The first time this idea is presented is when Ray Croc returned from work after having no luck on selling his milkshake machines. During this scene, Ray Croc was staying in a motel which was surrounded by dark clouds and rain to symbolize his frustration and failure. Another very important scene was when Ray Croc was first introduced to MacDonald's. At the time it was a sunny and happy day with families all gathered around MacDonald's enjoying themselves. This can be seen as a symbol of both a new beginning and of hope for Ray Croc in that he will have a second chance with MacDonald's to make a name for himself.

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RE: The Founder - The Weather

Post  Monahan on Thu Apr 19, 2018 8:56 am

During the film The Founder, Michael Keaton's character, Ray Kroc, slowly takes over the entire McDonald's franchise, and buys out the McDonald brothers from their own trademark. Throughout the film, the current mood of various characters, in particular, Ray Kroc, is actively displayed through the weather. For instance, in the beginning of the film, it rained when Ray was going back to Illinois with his milkshake mixers still in the trunk of his car from San Bernardino. This is tragic for Kroc at this point in time, as he was selling those mixers just to get by, and have a roof over his head, and put food on the table for him and his wife. Another example is when Kroc is buying the McDonald's franchise from the brothers. It was quite sunny outside, and Ray was happy, as now he owned one of the largest brand names in the United States. Furthermore, the weather directly is related to Ray Kroc's mood throughout the film.

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Re: The Founder - The Weather

Post  jacob kennedy on Thu Apr 19, 2018 4:06 pm

the weather would follow crocs mood and kind of tell the story in some way.At the beginning it was all dark when he wasn't having success selling his machines but as soon as he saw McDonalds it was a bright and happy da.Another example is when he found out he wasn't making as much money as he could of it started to rain.

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The Founder: Weather Response

Post  Bradsimonn on Fri Apr 20, 2018 12:43 am

'The Founder' makes great use of its settings by using pathetic fallacy to represent the emotions of our protagonist, Ray Kroc. This is seen early on in the film when Ray is yet again denied a sale for his milkshake mixer. As Ray walks back to his car the weather around him is visibly stormy as the shot is filled with a grey colour palate from the storm, as well as rain coming down everywhere. This displays Ray's emotions as he is upset and quite fed up with being a salesman for products that no one will buy. Ray feels that nothing is good enough as these days over arc the good ones in his eyes.

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Re: The Founder - The Weather

Post  Max Lariviere on Sun Apr 22, 2018 2:22 pm

Pathetic fallacy is used in the founder to accurately reflect the emotions of Ray as he made his way to the top. Examples of this device being used can be seen multiple times during the film the most obvious being as Ray realizes his milkshake machine isn’t selling, the weather reflects this by portray a dark cloudy day. Later in the film Rays starts to look hopefully, the film changes its attitude into sunny cheery days. The weather in this film follows the overall happiness of Ray. When Ray visits the McDonald’s in Phoenix it is night time, dark encompasses everything but the bright Golden Arches that lied before him showing that McDonalds is the only source of happiness for Ray at this point in the film.

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Re: The Founder - The Weather

Post  mattiodapattio on Sun Apr 22, 2018 2:33 pm

In the film The Founder pathetic fallacy is often used to depict what is happening in Rays life. There are many examples of this. For example and the start of the movie when he couldn't sell his product it was very cloudy and dim. But as he was driving to meet the McDonalds brothers the weather was beautiful showing the hope he had for a better future and foreshadowing his success.

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