At its core, “Coming to America” offered a easy and candy fairy story, a few pampered prince touring to Queens searching for real love. Yet the film spent a lot of its time merely serving as a zany showcase for Murphy and Arsenio Hall, spending ample time within the make-up chair for his or her barber-shop characters and extra.
Directed by “Dolemite’s” Craig Brewer, “Coming 2” reprises all of that, with a properly solid next-generation factor that basically replays the plot from a distinct angle. As a bonus, the story (credited to a trio of writers) comes with a feminist hook, and a lesson, like the primary movie, about setting apart outdated traditions.
Yet the regulation calls for a male inheritor, and confronted with a menace from the chief of a neighboring land, General Izzi (Wesley Snipes, reuniting after “Dolemite” and profiting from his comedic flip), Akeem is delighted to find he unexpectedly has one, who he considerably improbably fathered throughout his time in New York.
Lavelle (comedian Jermaine Fowler) and his mother (Leslie Jones) are shocked to find these origins, however alongside along with his uncle (Tracy Morgan, including to what’s already a fairly deep “SNL” connection) they jet off to the fictional African kingdom of Zamunda, the place Lavelle is meant to marry Izzi’s daughter and safe the peace. Yet he runs into his personal problems relating to organized marriages, which is not helped by the seeming injustice of bypassing Akeem’s different youngsters.
If that sounds a bit busy, a lot of it’s actually simply an excuse to show Murphy and Hall free once more on their outdated shtick, augmented by nearly too many cameos to say, as much as and together with the closing credit. Fortunately, the movie is peppered with some very humorous strains, like Lavelle telling Hall’s Semmi that he attire “like a slave from the future,” and in very meta trend badmouthing American films for counting on sequels that no person requested to see.
It’s frankly onerous to inform how properly the film would have fared on the field workplace, however it does make one miss the theatrical expertise, if solely to share within the response when somebody like James Earl Jones seems on display screen.
In that respect, this very nostalgic, mildly entertaining film possesses a moderately well timed undercurrent, even when its supply by way of Amazon — like most points dealing with Zamunda’s royal household — quantities to a high-class drawback.
“Coming 2 America” premieres March 5 on Amazon. It’s rated PG-13.