Paper Planes movie review

paperplanes2We reviewed the movie, Paper Planes, and it was a treat!  This uplifting family film, starring Sam Worthington (Avatar, Wrath of the Titans) and Ed Oxenbould (Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day), just received the Common Sense “Great for Families” Seal of Approval for kids 10+ and called it “an inspired look at what creativity really means, and what winning ought to be about”. You can read another review for the movie here and see others’ reviews. You can read all about the movie, what it is about, and based on below (see more).

The movie is set in Australia, produced by Entertainment one, and on the review version we received, we could not turn captions on, so if you watch this movie, I highly recommend captions for the kids.  Sometimes it is hard to make out words even when it’s English – British and Australian accents are tough for kiddos to make out at times.  The recommended age for kids watching this movie is 10 and older, but I think 7 and up (based on maturity) is fine too.

paperplanesMy girls were just making paper planes and flying them today to see how high theirs would go.  Inspired by the movie, they love making creations and seeing how high and how far theirs can go. They both liked the movie, but the kids under age 7 were getting distracted easily – the movie is inspiring, but if your attention span is short, you may not stay engaged.  I would definitely recommend this for kids, ages 7 and up.  Our 5 and 6 year-old kids in attendance started running off and playing 30 minutes into the film.  We had 5 kids in attendance at our screening of differing ages.

Great movie, inspirational, and only 96 minutes long. I loved the actors, even the child antagonist. It is a good movie,with many lessons to be learned – it will make your eyes water, and it’s a unique concept – paper planes, you can get it on DVD now.

*Disclaimer: I was given a review copy of the movie for an honest review of this film.  The opinions expressed here are my own.

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Twelve-year-old Dylan Webber (Ed Oxenbould), lives in the outback of Western Australia in a small country town with a father (Sam Worthington), desperately trying to get over the death of his wife. When the imaginative Dylan discovers he has a talent for folding and flying paper planes, he begins an improbable journey to reach the World Junior Paper Plane Championships in Japan. Along the way he makes unlikely new friends, clashes with powerful rivals and comes to terms with his family’s past before facing his greatest challenge – to create a paper plane that will compete with the best in the world. With a great challenge soaring ahead, and a goal to fly into the number one spot, there’s no telling how far he can go!

Directed by Robert Connolly from a script by Connolly and Steve Wonderland, PAPER PLANES was inspired by Dylan Parker, a 22-year-old Aussie who competed at the 2009 World Paper Plane Championships in Austria. Profiled on the popular news magazine “Australian Story” in a segment entitled “Fly With Me”, his story was seen by Connolly who, five years later, would go on to helm the film.

Of the film, Luke Buckmaster of The Guardian (AU) said, “parents are likely to find it a welcome reprieve from dancing penguins, cuddly safari animals and merchandise tie-ins” and 3AW Radio’s Jim Schembri called it, “an adorable family film that is uplifting, life-affirming, warm, winning and, most of all, funny.”

Let your spirits soar with PAPER PLANES!

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