Paper Planes ticks a number of other token boxes including a chubby best mate in the form of the rather hilarious Kevin (Julian Dennison), the first flutters of young romance with Dylan's fellow origami enthusiast Kimi (Ena Imai) and a despicable adversary, Jason (Nicholas Bakopoulos-Cooke), who has the same kind of sneering arrogance and general evil as Draco Malfoy and would most certainly be a Slytherin should enchanting pieces of parchment be on the Hogwarts curriculum. The score and script do nosedive into the schmaltz throughout - "There's a world out there!" cries Dylan, exasperated with his sulky, moping dad - and whilst the typically wooden Worthington does his best to convince as grief-stricken and forlorn, he is upstaged by his onscreen son.
Oxenbould is charming, assured and demonstrates a sincerity beyond his years. The opening song, Macy Gray's 'Beauty in the World', is less than subtle emotional padding but any film that sees a grandfather bring a gaggle of his retirement home squeezes to a garage sale to the tune of 'Milkshake' by Kelis has to be laughed with, rather than at. The randy old sod, played with a twinkle in his eye by Terry Norris, is responsible for a lot of the troublemaking and - by extension - humour of the first half before things slide towards the overly sentimental. Unlike some of the creations chucked every which way in Paper Planes, the action is only ever heading in one direction but it is a good, old-fashioned family film full of high-flying imagination and real life values, exuding a familiar but reassuring fun and warmth that will have even the greatest of cynics reaching for the stationery.
Matthew Anderson | @behind_theseens