Coming 2 America
The African monarch Akeem learns he has a long-lost son in the United States and must return to America to meet this unexpected heir and build a relationship with his son.
Director: Craig Brewer
Writer: Barry W. Blaustein (story by), David Sheffield (story by), Eddie Murphy (characters), Barry W. Blaustein (screenplay by), Justin Kanew (story by), David Sheffield (screenplay by), Kenya Barris (screenplay by)
Actors: Eddie Murphy, Shari Headley, James Earl Jones, Wesley Snipes
Release Year: 2021
Scott Hardie: “It was ok.”
This movie is aware that it doesn't need to exist. It tries hard to work up some laughs, gradually ramping up the energy level as if it can will itself to be entertaining, but there's not much comedic inspiration to be found in a tale that doesn't need to be told. The original film's comedic premise was to demonstrate how screwed up and cynical New York had become in the 1980s by viewing it through an innocent man's eyes. This sequel is about nothing more than its own plot, which barely holds water anyway. I did laugh at a few jokes, but I also counted missed opportunities for more. (I expected an early scene where the naive Akeem tries in vain to reach his son by email. "Why does he not believe that an African prince wants to give him an inheritance?")
Things that I liked about the movie: The amazing costumes by Ruth E. Carter, the same designer who won an Oscar for costuming Black Panther. The scene-stealing Wesley Snipes, who has been so good and so at ease in comedies lately that I'm beginning to wish that he had stuck to the comedies of his early career instead of taking a long detour through crappy forgettable thrillers. The many cameos and musical performances by Black superstars, who are all game for some jokes. The references to some of James Earl Jones's other roles, which provided two of the laughs for which I'm grateful.