Directed by Robert Connolly
The film tells the story of 11-year-old Dylan (Ed Oxenbould), who is brought up by his father (Sam Worthington) in a remote town in the country of Australia. Dylan’s life is changed forever when he wins a place in the regional Paper Plane Championships in Sydney. The heart warming journey of a young boy and his father reconnecting after a family’s struggle will have us cheering them all the way to the world championships of paper plane flying in Japan.
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★★★½ review by Millie on Letterboxd
Oh, Sam. What will I not watch for you?!
★★★★ review by Lucy Alice 🌿 on Letterboxd
It's just a lovely little film isn't it. Some scenes are a little slow but overall, a cute film with a cute message :)
★★★★ review by Daniel Bigler on Letterboxd
Well, that was just delightful.
Robert Connolly's direction and script (co-written with Steve Worland) is pleasantly whimsical and understated, the paper planes themselves in this film are just darn cool, and Ed Oxenbould is the most lovable human being on the planet — all in all, adding up to make Paper Planes a true, perhaps unexpected delight.
This really is a children's film in the truest sense of the term, calling back to such hallmarks like Children of Heaven — with its grounded specificity of place and unerring focus and insistence on children themselves as the protagonists of their own story — so, grown-ups, you might need to leave your cynicism at the door (or just go get some kids to watch this with). At least in my book, though, that makes this a tremendously rare, woefully under-appreciated gem the likes of which I can only hope more kids get a chance to see going forward.
★★★★★ review by BigCriticDempo on Letterboxd
This is literally a masterpiece. I have never watched a film so masterfully crafted and given so much care and passion. This film brought tears to my eyes, and before I even realised it I was full on weeping. This film is so far ahead of it's time our puny words can never hope to describe every intricate detail of this movie. Never again will I be able to experience the absolute rush and adrenaline that this film delivered. Never again will I feel so alive
★★★★★ review by Tals on Letterboxd
gives me the same sense of nostalgia as boxed orange juice
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