A Review on Coming 2 America

Edirin Akonoghrere, Student

Coming 2 America is the sequel to the 1988 film “Coming to America” starring a lot of popular faces like; Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, just to name a few. The 1988 film was about Prince Akeem (Eddie Murphy) is the prince of a prosperous African country who wants nothing more than a woman who will adore him despite his position. To avoid an arranged marriage, Akeem travels to America with his finicky sidekick, Semmi (Arsenio Hall), in search of his queen. He romances Lisa (Shari Headley) while disguised as a foreign student working in fast food, but he struggles with exposing his true identity to her and his marital intentions to his father, the king (James Earl Jones).

The 1988 film was received in good light and is regarded as a classic today. The sequel which came out 5th March 2021 it is set in the lush and royal country of Zamunda, newly-crowned King Akeem (Eddie Murphy) and his trusted confidante Semmi (Arsenio Hall) embark on an all-new hilarious adventure that takes them around the world from their great African nation to Queens, New York, where it all started. The story follows King Akeem as he sets out on a journey to look for his heir in order to inherit his throne. The film was released on Amazon prime and received a wonderful set of reviews. It was directed by Craig Brewer and had a budget of 60 million USD.

In my opinion, it wasn’t as fantastic as the first one in terms of storyline. Aside from that, I really enjoyed the fact that it had more representation from the continent of Africa. A good portion of the 2021 sequel was set in “Africa” unlike the first one where most of the story is set in Queens, New York. For me, I felt the story to the sequel was a bit rushed and could have used a little more development. I really loved it, but I just wanted more. I felt like it was all too straight to the point and could use with more depth.

The set of the movie was beyond amazing and I loved the detailed put into every scene. The costumes as well were professionally done and had ethnic relations with the real-life continent of Africa. In the movie you could see characters donning flags from countries on the continent through their costumes. One could see proper representation and detail in most of the costumes worn. In short, it was fantastic.

Aside from my need for an extended story line, I would say the movie was a good one. The main thing I didn’t like has nothing to do with the movie in particular, but it has more to do with Hollywood. I think for me I am tired of this narrative that Africa is a country and not a continent. I am personal extensively exhausted of the Hollywood “African accent”. It annoys everything within me when I see such in movies or television. I believe filmmakers need to do more extensive research and learn more about the countries that make the continent, most especially they need to learn that generalization and stereotyping makes the filmmaker look ignorant. Aside this slight issue with Hollywood and not the movie, I believe everything about the movie was magnificent and it is a great watch.