Film Review by Jon E Clist
An imaginative children's film about a young Australian boy's passion for flight and his challenge to compete in the World Paper Plane Championships in Japan.
It wasn't that long ago that we had a massive influx of family films bestowed upon us all in the name of School Holiday fun. However I am super stoked that this film has been held back and wasn't dumped in amongst the others. This is a lovely film that has such a wonderfully moving feel to it, however with it being an australian lower budget film you certainly get the feel that for no other reason than that, this could have ended up being the bottom choice for holiday film goers. That would have been a huge mistake.
Ed Oxenbould des a wonderful job in the lead role and is definitely a kid actor to watch out for. Although Australian audiences have been seeing him in TV shows and other local films for a few years, Ed made his international breakthrough with the title role in the recent Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Like so many great child actors that have come before Oxenbould is great at demonstrating believable emotions on one hand while still being able to deliver the comedy to glue it all together. Watch ths space for this Aussie export.
At the start of the film you kind of wonder why Sam Worthington is in the film as his character is that of a father that has shut down and pretty much just sits around watching sport reruns. However it is not until the story develops further on that we get to see him stretch himself a little more and bring the depth to the role that we are used to from him. It is then that we start to see why this cast has been assembled in this manner.
A well-made film that shows off a great story that connects strongly on an emotional level with loss and success while still saying so wonderfully family friendly.
DVD Releases: 7th May 2015
Duration: 96 minutes
Starring: Sam Worthington, Ed Oxenbould, Deborah Mailman
Director: Robert Connolly (Three dollars, The Bank)
Loosely based on a 2009 episode of Australian Story called "Fly With Me "
The film is set in nsw Australia but filmed in Perth Western Australia