Coming To America is a name that most of you must have heard of, if you’re from the older generation, or simply someone who is a fan of comedy classics. Whatever the case might be, I am sure that you find great pleasure even thinking about how amazing that movie was. It was simply something that was so appropriate and hilarious for its time that it etched its name into the hall of fame forever. And today, we remember it with adoration for the time and the movie. Recently, Coming 2 America, the sequel to the original, was released, and tried to take us back on a nostalgic trip to the 80s. Needless to say, the expectations from the movie were quite high, given the history of the franchise. But does it hold up to the standards that the first movie set? Read the full review to find out.
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Coming 2 America: The Review
Coming 2 America is a direct sequel to the 80s classic that quickly became a hit when it came out, and continues with the same storyline in the same universe, trying to keep the spirit of the franchise alive. The original movie starred Eddie Murphy in the main role as Prince Akeem of Zamunda, who was a comically hilarious prince from a foreign land who found himself in America, finding himself again in the huge cultural shift from his kingdom to the corporate world of America. Coming 2 America again finds Eddie Murphy returning in the main role, albeit in a manner that is not exactly identical to the original. Over 3 decades later, Eddie Murphy is clearly showing his age, and it is a huge contrast from the first movie. But his presence is a welcome one, nonetheless.
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Coming 2 America’s story takes place 3 decades after the story of the original, keeping itself true to the timelines in which both the films were released. Prince Akeem is now a proud father with 3 daughters to carry on his legacy but finds himself at a loss of a son to pass his throne on to. That is when his dying father, the King, tells him about a bastard sone that he conceived during his time in New York, owing to a one night stand. With that, Akeem leaves for New York once again in search of his son.
His son Lavelle, is soon found out and brought to terms with the reality of the situation. He starts enjoying all the luxuries that he can afford being the prince. Soon enough, though, he realizes that this probably isn’t the life that he is looking for, and expresses his disinterest. On the other hand, Princess Meeka Joffer, who is the eldest doctor of Akeem, shows up as the best contender for the throne, with her prowess clearly showing through, making her the best candidate for the throne. The trouble is, however, that the kingdom’s traditions dictate that women cannot hold the throne. And now, Akeem and Lavelle must make decisions that impact the lives of those they rule.
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Coming 2 America is a true sequel to the original, bringing back the original style of the movie, and keeping alive the legacy that was left by it. Eddie Murphy, even though he is not as prominent a character here, certainly adds to the nostalgia and contributes to the movie in the most meaningful way.
Perhaps one of the biggest weaknesses of the movie is the fact that while it is holding on to the past, it is not really moving forward with the times. And it quickly makes it stand out like a sore thumb in a progressive world. We could have really used a bit of modernism here, as the movie is still pulling out jokes from the 80s that just don’t land the same anymore. The nostalgic style is a welcome quality, but it needs to be done tastefully. And that is simply not the case here.
The movie, by itself, has a plot that might be decent if compared to everything else that is out there today, but compared to the original, it just falls flat on its face. There is simply no comparison, and the original movie beats it by miles. The jokes and comedy are decent, but they’re nothing to talk home about.
The biggest saving grace comes in the form of Eddie Murphy, who has still retained his grace and charms and gives an absolutely stunning performance here, along with his fellow co-actors. He could have been a bigger part of the movie though, and really helped it with a lot of its problems. The performances are really good and drive home the point of a comedy movie. It’s quite unfortunate that they are held back by abysmal scriptwriting, and a lack of vision.
All things considered, the plot for the movie is quite generic and suitable for kids. So you can take your family out for this movie if you feel like it. However, it is also weak, and I would not call it a blockbuster, by any means. The movie stands dwarfed by the shadow of its original and struggles to find a place in 2021.
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Coming 2 America: The Verdict
Coming 2 America is a fine comedy film with its flaws and gives a decent time to its viewers. However, it is nothing to be excited about and terribly disappoints when held against the original. So I would not recommend fans of the franchise to watch this one. If you are just looking for something light to pass the time, I would say that this is a decent way to do so.
Coming 2 America is currently available on multiple online streaming platforms, and available in Blu-ray for home viewing. You may watch it at the following link:
The movie currently holds a rating of 5.3 out of 10 on IMDb, based on multiple user reviews. IMDb is our preferred platform for all movies and TV shows.
You may watch the trailer for Coming 2 America down below:
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