Review: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 snuck into cinemas on Anzac Day and was always going to be huge hit.

Quill, Gamora, Drax and Rocket are back. And there can be no Guardians party without Groot.

The first film set them up, and this latest chapter hurtles them across into the galaxy snarling and arguing and stealing things - so just your average space family really.

Peter Quill's past will become a little clearer - make that a lot clearer - but refreshingly it's not all it may seem.

Gamora has family issues of her own, and Rocket's chip on his shoulder threatens to throw him headlong into the deep fryer.

And Drax? Well Drax just spends the entire movie stealing Star Lord's one-liners and generally just owning the galaxy.

Fun much? Of course.

As much fun as the first with even more heart, James Gunn and his motley crew easily deliver on the Guardians promise.

Laugh out loud, reassuringly rewatchable and building nicely on the characters and their stories, fans new and old should leave the cinema just like I did, beaming from ear to ear.

Four-and-a-half stars.

:: Director: James Gunn

:: Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Karen Gillan, Kurt Russell, Michael Rooker, Glenn Close, Sylvester Stallone

:: Running time: 137 minutes

:: Rating: M - Violence

:: Release date: In cinemas now