Coming to America has always been one of the classic movies that made my childhood, so I was ecstatic when part two was released on the 5th of March.
Akeem and Semmi are back in coming to America 2!
Set in the lush kingdom of Zamunda; the newly crowned King Akeem (Eddie Murphy) and his loyal confidant, Semmi (Arsenio Hall), embark on a hilarious new adventure.
It takes them to the other side of the world, from their great African nation to the Queens neighbourhood in New York, where it all began.
The most interesting personalities they get in the short term are Akeem’s daughters;
The warrior Meeka (KiKi Layne), the clever Omma (Murphy’s real-life daughter Bella), and the brave Tinashe (Akiley Love).
Is coming to America 2 Overrated?
“Coming to America 2” could easily have been a really great father-daughter story, and one that celebrates young black women.
The filmmakers instead chose the repeated route already travelled (at least all zamundanos look great, thanks to ‘Black Panther‘ Oscar-winning costume designer Ruth E. Carter).’
The script is a bit drag-and-drop at times, echoing the story points and dialogue of the original too closely.
Comedian and writer Fowler has enough charm, but a romantic subplot between Lavelle and an actual hairdresser named Mirembe (Nomzamo Mbatha) feels rushed and superficial.
Still, the inevitable third-act wobble gives way to a final thunderous blast that will leave fans stunned.
Will Coming to America 2 have the legacy of the first movie? Probably not, but unlike tying your shoes, it is not an overrated experience.