"Everybody knows that the sequel's never quite as good!" sing the Muppets during their mischievously self-deprecating opening musical number in "Muppets Most Wanted." Beginning chronologically at the very second 2011's series rejuvenation "The Muppets" concluded, this new big-screen caper brings back director James Bobbin and co-writer Nicholas Stoller (but not human leads Jason Segel and Amy Adams). Although Segel was imperative in giving a much-deserved second wind to Jim Henson's puppet creations, he has opted to step away for this continuation, believing his work to be done. Viewers might miss him for about a minute at the onset, but will likely be having too much fun thereafter to think about it. In terms of plot, pacing and even the eclectic, toe-tapping original songs by Bret McKenzie, "Muppets Most Wanted" is the superior effort. Kermit and Miss Piggy, who were almost supporting players in their own movie last time around, have returned to the forefront where they belong.
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