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Was the other one before pg-13 existed? I've got a worrying feeling it will be a "we're all getting old and soft so this will be a nice family movie" but that definitely looked watchable and great cast to get back. 

Hopefully Samuel L. Jackson gets a cameo too. After the dolomite movie, I'm more confident than if it was announced before that. More snipes being a comedy goon is welcome too. 

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1 hour ago, dino_jr said:

It looks mainly based at his Palace. The Funny was him dealing with modern day US streets...

 

This one seems like its flipped. The US son having to deal with going to Zamunda.

 

I thought it looked great.

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I just bought Coming to America, and was delighted to learn there is a sequel. I have very fond memories of watching Coming to America back in 1989 when I was 10 years old :) Good times ahead. 

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Ok thanks Stevie.

 

I too remember watching Coming to America when I was young and had good memories of Coming to America. Recently I rewatched Coming to America and it was really funny, just like when I first watched Coming to America. Unlike you I was assuming a sequel would be shit, but it looks ok.

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So I gave it a watch...

 

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That was... OK. Probably a little better than I expected it to be — I don’t think the original is an utter classic, but it’s an OK movie too. Suffered a little from a smaller budget which showed in places, and I reckon it would have been slaughtered in the cinema, so the reported $125 mil they got from Amazon would be money well made in the wider context. Also suffered just a touch from being a tad too PG where the original was surely M rated - especially with Murphy literally calling someone an “MFer”... which was just weird.

 

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Can I ask why does this look so "cheap"?, I see of other movies having the same look too, it looks flat and I'm not sure if this is because of color grading or what?. 

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It was a very safe re-tread with loads of call backs and cameos and nostalgia and that is exactly what I wanted it to be. The first movie holds a special place in my heart, so I had warm and fuzzy feelings throughout. I think it did what it set out to do, thumbs up. :) 

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3 hours ago, yakumo said:

Can I ask why does this look so "cheap"?, I see of other movies having the same look too, it looks flat and I'm not sure if this is because of color grading or what?. 

Without spoiling too much, for me it’s a few details that are obvious once you spot them.

 

Lots of shots on what are obviously very small sets indeed (there’s not a lot of wide/outside shots, because that’s more complex/expensive) and re-use of those same sets, just slightly re-dressed. Which jars when they do have wider shots.

 

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Like for example when the king is kicked out of his bedroom, which is clearly shot inside a large house; these are NOT the same areas as many of the smaller shot interiors we’ve already seen.

 

There’s some gratingly obvious stock footage of African animals that teeters on the ‘this looks so cheap it’s almost a joke itself’ axis. 

 

I mean, I’m sure it still cost in the millions — movie production isn’t inexpensive — but by modern shooting/filming standards, it looks more like an expensive TV movie than a cinema one.

 

 

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This was so poor, a series or tired call backs and repeat jokes and whilst those were great the first time around I don't need to see literal flashbacks to them. It just didn't work bringing an American into Zamunda as well as it did the other way. The first has some great fish out of water moments and heart whereas this felt cheap and more like a parody in comparison. I thibknid have preferred seeing the whole royal family go to America and deal with a 21st Century US.

I also really dislike how different Akeem was. It just didn't seem to fit the character he grew into in by the end of the 1st film. He's just gone back to the lazy patriarchal stereotype.

It raised a few chuckles but certainly didn't pass the 6 laugh test. I'm so disappointed in how this turned out. It was really corny and not in a good way.

Even nostalgia couldn't save it for me. I don't think watching the 1st two days prior helped on that front either as it just showed this film up so much.



2/5

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12 minutes ago, Stigweard said:

I also really dislike how different Akeem was. It just didn't seem to fit the character he grew into in by the end of the 1st film. He's just gone back to the lazy patriarchal


That was the core message of the film to me.  The person he became was forgotten under the pressure from his father and tradition and this was his chance to redeem himself for failing to live up to that.

 

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Apparently it was largely shot at Rick Ross's house.

 

I want to live in Rick Ross's house.

 

Liked the guy playing his son and Wesley Snipes is great (as ever - I fucking love Snipes, he's just a natural actor*). Not too taxing, and a bit too deferential to the first film but it was a fun watch. Maybe I was in the right mood.

 

 

*This is one of the best line deliveries I've ever heard: 

 

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If you love the first one, you will enjoy this. Its a perfectly fine 3 out of 5 comedy. There is some jokes that don't really work otherwise.

 

Wesley Snipes is a fantastic new edition as is Leslie Jones. Its not iconic like the first one but its fun Saturday night fodder if you grew up on the original.

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As has been said this is a straight 3/5 film its got a few laughs but isn't anything groundbreaking.  Snipes gives a good turn and tbh I'd be interested in a snipes film as he just kicks the door in with a ridiculous swagger everytime.  

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I got halfway through and turned it off. A few laughs at some of the quips and one-liners but it failed to draw me in, let alone hold my interest. A lot of what I found funny in the original was their naivety when in Queens and there's little of that here (unless it happens in the second half).

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2 hours ago, Orion said:

If you love the first one, you will enjoy this. Its a perfectly fine 3 out of 5 comedy. There is some jokes that don't really work otherwise.

 

Wesley Snipes is a fantastic new edition as is Leslie Jones. Its not iconic like the first one but its fun Saturday night fodder if you grew up on the original.

 

And yet I disagree with that completely and I love the first. I dunno, I just didn't think it worked at all. As @FishyFishsaid, their naivety in the first was the charm, there wasn't any of that in this. 

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