Coming to America was released a while ago, but Amazon recently bought the sequel (Coming 2 America), so i decided to watch both movies back-to-back. Here’s my impression.
Let’s be clear, Coming To America is Eddie Murphy’s most balanced comedy, as well as his most popular. Even though I don’t usually enjoy this type of movies, I’ve enjoyed its contemporary subjects and treatments more than 30 years later. It’s like the writers had a crystal ball and knew how the world is going to approach various subjects.
From black representation to how to treat women to the role of rich versus the poor. It’s the Black Panther of the late 1980s.
So, what exactly is this movie about?
Eddie Murphy is the prince of a wealthy fictional African country and wants for nothing, except a wife who will love him in spite of his title and not because of it. As a result, he flees to America to find his queen.
Coming to America, directed by John Landis, takes a basic if not lame idea and some incredibly talented comedic actors and manages to avoid a complete disaster. Instead, they make a timeless movie with some of the soon-to-be A-list names in the industry.
Without spoiling much of the movie (click on the links below to watch it), Eddie Murphy, star, co-writer, and co-producer has dealt audiences the movie equivalent of a royal flush. Murphy gives his sweetest, most touching, and most genuinely likable performance, playing a character who embraces society instead of holding it in contempt.
You need proof? Almost 40 years later, it’s still one of the most popular movies.
Should you watch it?
If you love timeless and great coming, this movie is the one to watch. It’s one of the few movies that aged gracefully, even better than wine.