Coming 2 America took us BACK to Zamunda & Queens for another round of laughs. Wesley Snipes was the film’s favorite, Teyana Taylor served up slayage and everyone’s talking about Nomzamo Mbatha’s breakout performance. More inside…
The long-awaited sequel to the hit 1988 original has dropped on Amazon Prime Video and everyone is talking about it on social media.
Coming 2 America served up all the nostalgic feels as several of the film’s actors returned to reprise their roles, including Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, Shari Headley, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Garcelle Beauvais, Paul Bates, and Louie Anderson.
The star-studded cast also featured new faces, including Hollywood vet Wesley Snipes, singer/actress/dancer Teyana Taylor, “Supermarket Sweep” host Leslie Jones, “Power” star/R&B crooner Rotimi, "The Last O.G." star Tracy Morgan, comedian Michael Blackson, "Crashing" actor Jermaine Fowler, If Beale Street Could Talk actress KiKi Layne, and comedienne Luenell.
Eddie’s real-life daughter, Bella Murphy, played his on-screen daughter, Omma:
That’s Eddie’s real-life daughter Bella playing Akeem’s daughter Omma. Turns out perfect comedic timing runs in the (royal) family. #Coming2America pic.twitter.com/jPJjZsWtFK
— Prime Video (@PrimeVideo) March 6, 2021
It was like a family reunion with several new additions you didn’t mind coming over.
Not to drop any spoilers, but the first scene of the movie takes us to the wealthy African nation of Zamunda inside Prince Akeem’s (who eventually becomes king) massive royal palace.
Turning Rick Ross’ ATL home into Zamunda palace?
"He has a beautiful estate. It truly was a palace" – @TracyMorgan#NBA #NBATwitter #TheJump #Coming2America pic.twitter.com/Tmz79dQCQt
— The Jump on ESPN (@NBATheJump) March 3, 2021
Rapper Rick Ross opened the doors of his estate (that sits on 235 acres) in Fayetteville, Ga. to help bring the African nation to life. Much of the film was filmed in Atlanta and production needed a space big enough that could deliver African royalty through the screen. Sayless. Rozay’s 109-room palace that spans over 45,000 square-feet (previously owned by boxer Evander Holyfield) was the perfect location.
The MMG honcho made a cameo in the film as a soilder of General Izzi’s army.
Who else noticed Rick Ross in the movie #ComingToAmerica2 pic.twitter.com/99Hg6VhPNZ
— Loyal (@lawalsadiq4) March 6, 2021
WARNING! Mini-spoilers ahead!
It seems everyone’s favorite character was General Izzi, played by Wesley Snipes, who is Prince Akeem’s main rival in the film. He played the villian role very well and was very funny. Peep reactions below:
#Coming2America Wesley Snipes stole the show for me! Him and is Step Team. pic.twitter.com/ww2vmjm7VK
— Ayokari Hoyes (@AyoSoJoyful) March 5, 2021
Please cast Wesley Snipes in more everything. #Coming2America pic.twitter.com/jJgdF8GddO
— Akeem Hands 2024 (America in Good Hands) (@AkeemHands) March 6, 2021
I’m happy they made another one because it feels like a family reunion and it celebrates just how GREAT the first movie is. Wesley Snipes and Leslie Jones kill it #ComingToAmerica2 pic.twitter.com/G016BiZgiS
— cowtown5 (@texasoccer5) March 6, 2021
#Coming2America was good fun. Sure, it’s ripe w/ predictable storylines & dialogue, but if you enjoy the comedic antics of Eddie Murphy, Wesley Snipes, Arsenio Hall & Leslie Jones, there’s enjoyment to be found. The costumes should 100% get some awards recognition. pic.twitter.com/Zbufl6mzDf
— Kyle A. Hickman (@kyle_a_hickman) March 6, 2021
You gotta see Coming2America if for no other reason.. It’s to see the return of ‘Sexual Chocolate’ My brothers @TracyMorgan and @wesleysnipes killed it.. https://t.co/zy9vfzXAuI
— ICE T (@FINALLEVEL) March 6, 2021
On the fashion front (shoutout to designer Ruth E. Carter), Teyana Taylor served up ROYAL REALNESS:
No thoughts, just Teyana Taylor in #Coming2America pic.twitter.com/laawvEUV8w
— Blk Girl Culture (@blkgirlculture) March 6, 2021
One thing I will say, Teyana Taylor looked goodt #Coming2America pic.twitter.com/gTvbcJeMrO
— Monroe’s $avage (@unapoLOgetic318) March 6, 2021
Teyana Taylor. that’s the tweet. pic.twitter.com/9Yc2czT7Tf
— Dix (@The_Nate_Dixon) March 6, 2021
Even Gladys Knight noticed:
Omg Thank youuuuuuuu https://t.co/9SzxUZjoWB
— TEYANA M.J. SHUMPERT (@TEYANATAYLOR) March 6, 2021
Tey looked AH-MAZING.
Introducing @NomzamoMbatha Remember her name. #Coming2America pic.twitter.com/r0TCOd4WZc
— Cori Murray (@corimurray) March 6, 2021
South African actress Nomzamo Mbatha, who stars as Akeem’s son Lavelle’s love interest and royal barber Mirembe in the film, has also been getting love online from fans.
Seeing @NomzamoMbatha name on Coming to America is so important for all South African girls
— Nompumelelo Ledwaba (@Mpoomy_Ledwaba) March 5, 2021
Happy @NomzamoMbatha Day!!!
Congratulations Zamo, you’ve work extremely hard for the moment. We are all proud of you! #Coming2America pic.twitter.com/Ib0tf0aeGf
— Terry Pheto (@TerryPheto) March 5, 2021
Only checked it because of Nomzamo Mbatha and Trevor noah pic.twitter.com/6A0fyHMwho
— Michael Mhlanga (@Michaelmike211) March 6, 2021
The movie’s a 10/10. Wesley Snipes killed his role as General Izzi. King Akeem’s daughters are so beautiful. Nomzamo Mbatha slaying as usual. When I heard Davido’s “shekpe” A 10/10!!!!
— 20-10-2020 (@Zainy_jubril) March 6, 2021
Folks got hype when they saw Nigerian-American Davido performing his music in the film:
@davido performing "Assurance" in Coming 2 America has got to be the highest of heights for afrobeats yet….for me!
Thank you for all the hard work @davido . You ain’t really need to put in this much work but you do it anyway, for the culture!
— eLDee (@eLDeeTheDon) March 5, 2021
Davido made an appearance #comingtoamerica2 #Coming2America pic.twitter.com/e4KcvxIUeQ
— Wale Gates (@walegates) March 6, 2021
.@davido performing “Assurance” in #Coming2America[via: @chinweke1] pic.twitter.com/IjJxQXVcYw
— The NATIVE (@NativeMag) March 5, 2021
It was an absolute pleasure sharing a set with a few legends that held the key to my childhood laughs. Thank you @amazonstudios !! It was an absolute pleasure and I’d do it all over again! Coming 2 america out now! pic.twitter.com/SuRp5FknQb
— Davido (@davido) March 5, 2021
There seems to be mixed reviews online about the film. See some responses and reactions below:
Man BLACK SIMPLY DONT CRACK!!! Man they look GOOD!! BEAUTIFUL/ROYALTY at its BEST! #Coming2America
— LeBron James (@KingJames) March 5, 2021
I really enjoyed watching #Coming2America it was nostalgic going down memory lane with the old characters coming back.
— Chris (@1christabella1) March 5, 2021
#Coming2America … it was funny … but extra asf ….. i didn’t like it
— Jennifer Hill (@Jiggythegenie) March 5, 2021
#Coming2America brought back so many amazing memories. They brought the whole cast back and so many other big names. No it’s not better than the original but it’s worth a watch for sure. Watching it makes you happy if you watched the 1st one, that’s for sure.
— MrsLaurenOLauren (@LaurenoLauren) March 5, 2021
Coming to America 2 was FUNNY
— Robert L. Stephens III (@RLStephens3_) March 6, 2021
IT WAS FUCKING AWFUL! https://t.co/PSVqQjH201
— Purple haze (@LeesaTheBoss) March 6, 2021
They did not have to remake Coming to America. Feels like they just dumped millions of dollars into it and hoping that would be enough.
— Big Wavey (@wavey_guwop) March 6, 2021
Coming to America 2 is a good movie. Watch it. One thing we should appreciate is that we all have types of movies we watch. Coming to America 2 was hyped and it raised expectations from people. Watch it with an open mind. Some watch DC movies and to some those are not good at all
— Bula (@browb22) March 6, 2021
Overall, we enjoyed the film and we appreciated how the storylines and themes were "updated" to reflect our society now. If you haven’t yet, check out Coming 2 America steaming on Amazon Prime Video now. Tells us in the comments YOUR thoughts about the movie.
Photos: Quantrell D. Colbert/Amazon Studios