Friday, March 05, 2021

Coming To America: Then And Now

Even though I didn't know the exact date initially, today is one of the days I have been lowkey looking forward to for a while.

That's because the sequel to Coming To America is out.

The film is coming out on Amazon Prime and is a follow-up to the 1988 movie which starred Eddie Murphy as an African prince who travels to New York in order to find a lady to marry.

Along with Murphy was Arsenio Hall, who played Prince Akeem's assistant - Semmi. There are many other famous actors in the film such as James Earl Jones and John Amos. Even Samuel L Jackson and Cuba Gooding, Jr have very minor parts in it.

Coming To America (1988)

I first watched the movie as a child. Back then, I enjoyed watching movies starring Eddie Murphy. For example, Beverly Hills Cop was a film that I could almost recite word-for-word back then. 

And before you start wondering whether I would blurt out the 'get the f**k outta here' line, guess again. I recorded a crappy 'edited for television' version which aired on BBC One on Christmas evening. The BBC edition had Murphy saying 'get the hell outta here'.

Anyway, back to Coming To America - this film became my second-best Murphy film behind Beverly Hills Cop.

As I have grown up, I kind of started to dislike some of Murphy's movies. Especially those that came after The Nutty Professor in 1996. So - even though I am excited to see what Prince Akeem is up to these days - my expectations are set low.

To prepare for today's 'premiere', I rewatched Coming To America. I guess it was the first time I had seen it since somewhere in the 1990's.

It was fun to view it again. There was some parts I had totally forgotten about until they were in front of me on the TV screen.

I took my nephew along for the trip down Memory Lane. It was the first time that he had seen the movie. His closing thoughts went like this - 'I liked it, but it's not the sort of film I would watch again and again'.

A fair statement considering the film came out thirty-three years ago. 

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