Apparently I wasn’t the only person wondering how life in Zamunda was going for Prince Akeem and Princess Lisa. The newly released movie, Coming 2 America, was watched by a whole lot of people. Deadline.com reported, “Amazon is claiming that Coming 2 America is the No. 1 opening weekend of any streaming movie in 2021 so far, and the No. 1 weekend of any streaming movie in the past 12 months in the wake of the pandemic.”
When I sat down to watch it for myself I didn’t know what to expect but I was thirsty to find out. Spoiler Alert: If you have not watched the movie yet, you may as well stop reading now and go watch it for yourself. But, like I was saying…
Three decades ago the film was all about Prince Akeem finding a wife that would serve with him as Queen when it was time for him to take the throne. In Coming 2 America it’s about that time again only because King Jaffe Jafer is dying. Unfortunately, Akeem and Lisa have three daughters, none of which can serve as the next heir to the throne due to tradition. It was really cool to see all of the original cast was back for the film including the woman who was originally supposed to marry Akeem, Imani.
King Jaffe’s death means Akeem becomes king, but who will be heir to the throne? In the first movie, it ended with Lisa and Akeem having this grand wedding in Zamunda. What we didn’t know was that Akeem had a child that he never knew about. YES A SON that Semi and King Jaffe knew about thanks to a vision that was had by the local shaman.
Lavelle Johnson is the product of Akeem’s trip to Queens, New York to sow his “royal oats” 30 years ago. Lavelle has to pass the test of previous kings in order to be the next heir to the throne. I’ll stop there because I don’t want to spoil it anymore.
A lot of things were kept the same from the first film. The original cast was in the second movie including Imani (Akeem’s first arranged wife), the men from the barber shop in Queens, and the man who sang “She’s Your Queen to Be”. To be honest I loved the movie but I loved the fashions even more. Seeing all of the Black people wearing beautiful African garments dripped in gold, silver and diamonds kept my attention the whole time.
I think I have spoiled the movie enough. Regardless, you still need to go watch it and get your laugh on. Enjoy!
By BreNae Scott, Alcorn State University, Alumni