Coming to America
remains one of Eddie Murphy
’s funniest comedies. As a still reliable go-to example of fish out of water humor done right, as well as a vicarious fantasy about a fairy tale like version of Africa, the film has endured for more than 30 years. In its day, (mostly white) film critics dismissed the picture as vulgar and crass, but audiences found the laughs in Murphy at the peak of his skill and popularity, particularly whenever he donned a bucket full of makeup.
In the movie, Murphy primarily plays Prince Akeem, heir to the throne of the fictional kingdom of Zamunda and a man in desperate need of a modern, free-thinking wife. Hence he rejects his arranged marriage and flees to the United States, ending up in (where else?) Queens, New York.
The film is a showcase of Murphy’s talent at not only playing wide-eyed nobility but also,