Coming 2 America
Coming 2 America (2021) movie review
Following the 1988 Eddie Murphy comedy Coming to America, Coming 2 America sees Prince Akeem discover he has a son he never knew about. However he also learns that he must help his son learn to become the heir to his kingdom or risk losing it to a local warlord. The film was released on Amazon Prime this past weekend to a fairly poor reception, with the critic reviews reflecting that of the first film, only with significantly less interest from audiences.
I however rewatched the first just to have it fresh in my head for this nonsense. Why? I don’t know. I wanted to write a review of both actually, but after a second viewing, I don’t really like the original movie either. I mean it’s fine, but the comedy doesn’t hold up as well as I remembered. Like the new one! Anyway yeah, there are a few new movies that are worth seeing. This isn’t really one of them.
Coming 2 America does a few things right, but the title isn’t one of them. It should be called Coming to Zamunda. You would still catch the attention of fans of the originals, but without confusing the audience watching the film. Why? Well the film follows Akeem as he goes to America to get his son and bring him TO Zamunda. And since the character arc is predominately his son’s, the title should reflect that the focus of the story follows a character leaving one world and entering another. So going from Queens to Zamunda isn’t Coming to America at all! It’s Coming FROM America. Hey that could work too!
So my real problem with Coming to America (the original) is the runtime. The film has some genuinely funny moments and a surprisingly sweet story, but it’s TWO FREAKING HOURS LONG. And it is NOT hard to trim that runtime to a brisk 90 minutes. Every single scene in the original feels entirely too long, and this long not-so awaited sequel makes the EXACT same mistake. It’s only 10 minutes shorter, but it is constantly stretching jokes to their maximum un-comicalness. What’s worse is that the new film crams in like 5 of 6 subplots, to the runtime COULD be that long to give them all time to breath. Instead of wastes time and asks you to still care. Heck this stupid movie goes on for 20 minutes AFTER Akeem’s son’s character arc ends! WHY?
Sorry didn’t mean to get so carried away, I just need everyone to understand what specifically makes this film so bad when I give it a low rating. Oh also it’s just not funny. I mean everyone in the film does a decent enough job, and God bless Wesley Snipes and James Earl Jones for actually making me laugh. Heck James Earl Jones had us both cracking up! Rachel didn’t laugh once during the first one. I kid you not. This one at least had a few good chuckles early on. That said I repeat my whole bit about the messy story, and I didn’t really care about any of the characters because of it.
So Coming 2 America fails where evert single 30 year old comedy sequel fails. The change in comedy style rarely works (despite a few laughs), the story is bloated, and yet the film wastes as much time as it can on unfunny nonsense! So while it may not be the worst film of the year so far, it’s not far from the bottom. If you absolutely love the original, the care that the cast gives this may be enough to warrant a watch. But this film went from fun to fine to real bad real quick for me, and I intend to totally forget about it in a few days. 4/10.
-So Coming 2 America? Did you see it? What did you think? And what sequel do you think waited too long to come out? Be sure to leave a like or a comment below and let us know! And hey if you liked this review and you have that one film on your mind that you want us to write about, let us know what it is and we’ll write a review for it!
-review by Ryan Prince