The band of humorous misfits has once again returned to the big screen to save the universe and, no, we are not talking about “Star Trek.” Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 provide its audience with some much-needed laughs in a sea of bland movies.

In this chapter of the Guardians story, we find our intrepid heroes fighting a giant space beast. While the battle is long and tough, the Guardians are victorious in the end. With their reward in hand, a chain of events is set in motion that puts the Guardians in the path of Peter Quill’s/Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) father, Ego (Kurt Russell). Ego tells Quill that he has been searching for him for years and has the answers he seeks. With that, Ego invites Quill to his plant for a visit, which they take him up on.

This movie, while cleverly written and acted, shows that it is OK to kick your shoes off and enjoy the moment. Sequels are some of the hardest films to make due to the demand that is placed on them by their audience. But, "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" does an excellent job of matching the excitement of the first film. It has the over-the-top space battles, epic fight scenes and the off-the-cuff witty comments from its characters.

One of the reason’s why Guardians works over most superhero movies is that the characters are fun. You feel like you’re a part of the team and in on the jokes — not just a distant spectator. In watching films like “Ironman” or “Thor,” I’ve always felt like an outsider looking through the window. The action scenes in those movies seem very disconnected, unlike “Guardians” that places you in the middle of it.

The soundtrack — like in the first movie — is unconventional with songs like “Lake Shore Drive,” “Come a Little Bit Closer” and “Mr. Blue Sky,” but it works. The songs complement the story well.

This chapter of the movie also provides a little bit more depth to several of the characters that seemed hollow before. The depth adds another layer to characters that the audience has already bonded with and creates moments of warmth.

If you're looking for something very entertaining, with a lot of humor and action, then “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” is the movie you want to see.

I give “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” four mustaches out of five.

The film is rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi action and violence, language, and brief suggestive content. It runs 136 minutes.


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