With the historic win of an Olympic gold medal by our own Joseph Schooling, and the story of the journey that led to his success from a very young age all over the media, I anticipated a feel-good drama it this 2014 inspirational film about 12-year-old Dylan Webber who has a knack of folding and flying paper planes. After discovering his talent could take him to the top at the World Junior Paper Planes Championship, Dylan prepares to take on powerful rivals.
It all started when an invited guest taught Dylan’s class how to make paper planes. It’s really quite incredible that at his first attempt, Dylan’s paper plane flew all across the school hall, out into the corridor, past several classrooms, out into the field, and outside the school compound into the woods! He goes home to tell his dad about it and that he wants to go to Sydney to compete.
Over the next few days, Dylan practises folding paper planes again and again. His teacher and dad leave him to figure out how to make the best paper plane but his grandpa encouraged him. Dylan spent hours and hours figuring out the best design and the best shape of a plane that can fly really far and fast.
It is only when Dylan qualifies for the finals that his dad shows some support, but thinks it’s a ridiculous idea that Dylan wants to go to Tokyo, Japan to compete further. However, with the support of his grandpa, Dylan goes to Japan, where we get to see many tourist spots such as the Imperial Gardens of Tokyo and the downtown area both in the day and at night. Also highlighted are traditional practices such as Japanese Martial Arts and acupuncture.
As expected, Dylan wins the championship with a new world record in the end. By this time, I couldn’t help but feel a tad disappointed. Perhaps somebody ought to make a biopic about Joseph Schooling?! It will definitely be more interesting and inspiring, especially now that many people all over the world would be interested to know “Who is this kid? Where is Singapore?”