The Paper Planes movie is a film that tells the story of a young boy’s curiosity of flight and his journey to compete in the world paper plane championships in Japan. Twelve-year-old Dylan (ED OXENBOULD) meets the junior Japanese champion Kimi (ENA IMAI) in the national paper plane championships in Sydney, Australia. They develop a close bond, challenging each other to create a plane that has never been seen before.
Directed by one of Australia’s leading filmmakers Robert Connolly, the film is set in iconic locations (mainly in Western Australia), with engaging characters and a powerful story of friendship between two countries
Dylan (Ed Oxenbould, from TV’s Puberty Blues and the star of the Hollywood film Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day) is an 12-year-old living in the middle of nowhere with his father (Sam Worthington), who has slumped into a state of chronic depression since the death of his wife (Most kids won’t understand that and will just think his dad is lazy and grumpy).
That has made Dylan rather resourceful. Money is tight, though, which means when he discovers he has a knack for flying paper planes, a knack that could take him first to Sydney for the national championships and then to Tokyo for the world championships, it’s far from a foregone conclusion that he’ll be following his dream on a neatly folded wing and a prayer.
Except that, this being a kids’ film, of course, he will.
The movie is a rollercoaster of emotions especially the flashbacks to when Dylan’s mother was alive (ie. take tissues with you!), to being incredibly funny (Dylan’s grandfather, played by Terry Norris is incredibly funny, as is Dylan’s mate, Kevin.), to joy as Dylan accomplishes his dreams.
The movie has a fantastic underlying message…. that if you work hard enough at something, your dreams WILL come true!
Do we recommend it? Yes. We think that any kids movie, that has a hero like Dylan, who follows his dreams is definitely worth going to see.
Here is the trailer:
Paper Planes opens nationally at your local cinema on the 15th January 2015.
What do you think? Are you looking forward to seeing Paper Planes?