A Prince in New York 2: what the critics are saying

After 33 years, the sequence of A Prince in New York finally reached the public. The film premiered on Friday (5) in the Amazon Prime Video catalog and features the returns of Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall and Shari Headley, in addition to the inclusion of new actors such as Wesley Snipes and Jermaine Fowler.

In the plot, Akeem (Murphy) discovers that he has a son in the United States and must return to New York to find this unlikely heir to the throne of Zamunda. Below you can check out what the critics are saying about the film.

Eddie Murphy and Shari Headley in 'A Prince in New York 2'Eddie Murphy and Shari Headley in ‘A Prince in New York 2’Source: IMDb / Reproduction

CBR – Josh Bell

Among the new faces, Fowler is the one who gets the most attention, and he is attractive like the serious Lavelle. But just as he did in Murphy’s previous collaboration in My Name is Dolemite, Snipes is the one who steals the show here as the extravagant General Izzi. Murphy and Hall maintain their comic chemistry, Saturday Night Live Jones veterans and Morgan each have some funny lines, while Fowler proves that he could upload a movie on his own. But their collective enthusiasm is not enough to load this disconnected film, which transforms a simple comedy into an outdated film full of self-references.

Variety – Peter Debruge

Leslie Jones makes her presence felt in a way that the other one-dimensional women in the film don’t dare. And Jermaine Fowler is likable, but a much less attractive protagonist than Murphy was, and the whole film starts to look terribly crowded when the script starts to make excuses to revisit secondary characters who steal the show. While fans have spent decades dreaming about Zamunda, the sequel risks diminishing what this fantasy realm represents.

Screen Rant – Mae Abdulbaki

In terms of passing on his legacy, the whole concept of Zamunda needing a male heir to rule is obviously out of date. Most importantly, the plot’s need to focus on Lavelle overshadows Meeka’s whole arc and development. The film goes out of its way to push her away completely when the story should be about her. Even Lisa (Shari Headley), whose burning passion was the cornerstone in A Prince in New York, has very little to do in this sequence. Does that mean the movie is bad? No. There are some good comedy sequences, especially when it comes to the absurdity of it all. The film makes good use of cameos from Gladys Knight, Morgan Freeman and Trevor Noah. Leaving this aside, the sequence tries to incorporate many stories and does not have the same spark as the original, although it tries very hard to rekindle it and bring the same energy with only average success.

IndieWire – Eric Kohn

Almost two hours long, A Prince in New York 2 it runs out during its last bustling act, as if it doesn’t want the party to end. Its prolonged ending suggests that no one wanted to let that happen. If it’s too good, it could be the essential price to pay for Murphy to keep his return efforts going. Impulsive, adorable and full of irony at every step, his extraordinary personality remains a singular figure in American comedy, and he is still evidently able to dominate the screen. A Prince in New York 2 it doesn’t have to be perfect to be able to put it in the center of the stage.

EW – Kristen Baldwin

A Prince in New York 2 strives to get the comedy feel of the first film. Snipes is hilarious like General Izzi, an imperious braggart who appears in every room with exaggerated arrogance. Murphy and Hall, on the other hand, return to their characters from decades with some ease, although the best comic scenes in the film come from the auxiliary roles of the duo like Clarence, Morris and Saul. The script is sometimes a little dragged and lost, echoing story points and dialogues from the original very closely. Still, the inevitable wobble of the third act gives way to a final noisy explosion that will leave fans dizzy. A Prince in New York 2 will have the legacy of the first film? Probably not. But, it is also not an overrated experience.

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