Paper Planes review

It’s a long time since I have been to a family movie that didn’t involve either animation or storybook characters brought to life – and while there’s nothing wrong with either of these things, I was delighted to be bowled over this weekend by a superb piece of heart-warming storytelling.

Paper Planes is the story of 12-year-old Dylan who represents Australia at the World Paper Planes Championships. The unlikely competition gives him the chance to shine amongst his small town classmates and coax his father after the depression he has fallen into after the sudden death of Dylan’s mother.

It’s a story of resilience, family and friendship. It’s about succeeding against the odds and self-belief, but just importantly it will have you sitting on the edge of your seat willing a beautiful paper plane to fly just that little bit further. Then, when you get home, expect to exhaust your printer paper supplies as you hold paper plane championships of your own (it’s like riding a bike, you never lose the knack).

Highly recommended by me, a grandmother, a 10-year-old girl and an 8-year-old boy.


About Author

Hannah Dickson

Hannah was the editor of Parenting magazine and from 2008 until 2015. She's a mother of two primary school-aged children and is passionate about baking, cupcakes and giving children a great start with a warm and creative family life.

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    We watched this last night with our 4, 5, 7 and 9 year old children and they really enjoyed it. We snacked on jet planes and made our own paper planes to fly afterwards. The movie had lots of great themes and prompted conversations about winning and fair play, bullying and how to choose good friends, and whether the dad was mean or just very sad. This is an awesome movie!