WHAT I LIKED: The first 'Jumanji,' reboot was basically a high-concept comedy that worked because its body-swapped characters not only created the opportunity for many hilarious moments, but also helped to cheesily reveal things about each of the people under the skins. There's certainly some moments in this sequel where such appeal is found again, as The Rock and Kevin Hart as two old friends and Jack Black as a young black teen are undeniably amusing to watch, and the way they somewhat solve their differences makes for a degree of character engagement.
WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: Mostly though, the concept not only feels rather well-worn here, but more crucially, it's less simple and harder to follow because the body-swaps keep changing. Also, less is revealed about the characters this time around, and you can't help but feel that more emphasis is placed on the action set-pieces than anything else.
VERDICT: 'Jumanji: The Next Level,' is a vastly inferior sequel that takes some of the appeal of the first movie but dials up the action and down the comedy and character stuff.