It’s a very rare franchise where the sequels keep improving in quality. But the 2017 Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle was far superior to 1995’s Jumanji, and Jumanji: The Next Level is somehow even better than that. The magical plot has the same group of teens from the last entry in the series returning to the Jumanji video game for another set of adventures in the bodies of more or less super-powered avatars. There are the traps and puzzles and narrow escapes you’d expect in a video game, or for that matter in an action movie. But the real joy of the film is watching the excellent ensemble—including Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Danny Devito, and Awkwafina—as every one of them plays each other, Devito’s thick New Jersey accent getting passed around like a contagion of the larynx. Writer-director Jake Kasdan gives each performer a chance to be heroic protagonist and comic relief, and the results are both hilarious and genuinely moving. Most action movies are paralyzed by formula, but Jumanji: The Next Level is a giddily preposterous celebration of the power of art to take you out of yourself and put you in someone else’s head and heart.