At its core, “Coming to America” introduced a easy and candy fairy story, about a pampered prince touring to Queens in search of 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 forged next-generation component that primarily replays the plot from a totally different 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(credited to a trio of writers) comes with a feminist hook, and a lesson, like the primary movie, about setting apart outdated traditions.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 legislation calls for a male inheritor, and confronted with a risk from the chief of a neighboring land, General Izzi (Wesley Snipes, reuniting after “Dolemite” and making essentially the most of 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 issues concerning organized marriages, which is not helped by the seeming injustice of bypassing Akeem’s different youngsters.
If that sounds a little busy, a lot of it’s actually simply an excuse to show Murphy and Hall unfastened once more on their previous shtick, augmented by virtually 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 clothes “like a slave from the future,” and in very meta vogue badmouthing American motion pictures for counting on sequels that no person requested to see.
It’s frankly laborious to inform how nicely the film would have fared on the field workplace, nevertheless 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 quite well timed undercurrent, even when its supply through Amazon — like most points dealing with Zamunda’s royal household — quantities to a high-class downside.
“Coming 2 America” premieres March 5 on Amazon. It’s rated PG-13.