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.