After nearly 33 years, one of Eddy Murphy’s funniest movies finally has a sequel, and judging from the trailer; it may turn out to be funnier than the original! I was still a kid when “Coming to America” was released in 1988. And I still remember watching the movie in theaters with my folks.
As most of us know, the 80s was Eddie Murphy’s decade; nearly every movie he made was a blockbuster hit, from “48 Hours” to “Beverly Hills Cop.” And of course, who could forget his memorable performances on Saturday Night Live.
However, “Coming To America” was perhaps one of his most original films with a completely foreign concept to Hollywood (in more ways than one). The movie featured African royalty visiting America.
Eddie played Prince Akeem Joffer, the crown prince of the made-up nation of Zamunda, who travels to New York City hoping to find his future queen. One could say it was like a romantic comedy version of “Black Panther.”
In the new film, Murphy’s character returns to New York after discovering from his dying father, played by James Earl Jones, that the prince has a secret son.
Akeem returns to America with his trusty friend and personal aide, Semmi (played by Arsenio Hall), to find his long-lost son. Along the way, he runs into a lot of familiar faces along with some new characters.
Check out the trailer in the video below.
Folks, I know there have been a lot of sequels that have gotten our hopes up only to let us down in the past (Ghostbusters), but I think it’s safe to say this will not be one of them. Eddie Murphy’s been in prime form since his reemergence back into acting, striking gold with his acclaimed “Dolomite” movie, which in 2020 won the Critics Choice Movie Award for Best Comedy and the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Independent Motion Picture. What did you think of the trailer? Are you going to watch the sequel? Let us know your thoughts in the comments, and be sure to share this content with your friends and family. Thanks again.