“GBEMI 2: THE WAITING ROOM” REVIEW- BY AJIBARE ABIOYE

“GBEMI 2: THE WAITING ROOM” REVIEW

Hey folks! You’re welcome to this review of Gbemi 2: The Waiting Room. You know, in the build-up to its release, I watched the first movie again and I was marvelled at how good it was. Seeing the first part of this sequel was a similar experience for me; it’s a fun time all through and loaded with truths. Likewise, it was characterised by the snappy, quippy and profound dialogue found in the original movie. The opening sequence was captivating and was capped off with what might become a fan favourite shot, which was then followed by the title display.

This part centres on the challenge of childlessness in John’s and Gbemi’s marriage, and the problem of infidelity in Mr Kalejaiye’s. Much of the story follows Femi Adebile’s John, who is as dramatic as ever, featuring in a role reversal as the anxious partner in a childless marriage. Gbemi demonstrates amazing calmness and maturity, and Emmanuela Mike-Bamiloye impressively uses her facial expressions and demeanor to execute them.

Ihuoma Ogunyomi is effective as Tara Kalejaiye in conveying the emotional pain her husband has inflicted on her. Still on characters, it was nice to see Kayode and Emmanuel so early in the movie. Their scene was long but it had everything – the humour and the revelations. Then, it turns out that Folashade Awotubo is Gbemi’s sister and not best friend as I speculated.

There are so many things to meditate on in this episode. The illustration of the waiting room is solid: if you’re not there, God can’t attend to you. A lot of reference is made to God’s timing and it raises the question in my heart of whether man can know God’s timing, so that it would help us to be calm in the period of waiting.

Taking a look at how Margaret has sent Chuks to seduce Tara, I think one thing that could serve as a check to married individuals is that, if it so happens you’re getting close to someone of the opposite sex apart from your spouse, one mustn’t get carried away because, while everything might seem to be happening naturally, the person might as well be an agent specifically assigned to bring you down. With the way things are, trying to reason with an agent of darkness could be futile because no excuse one gives deters them from the evil they want to carry out.

While I’d have liked to see a bit of that ministry John was pursuing in the first movie, this movie really looks like an early candidate for my 2022 top 10 gospel feature movies list. It’s entertaining and loaded with several encouraging words to see us all through our various waiting periods.

In the second part of this sequel, Gbemi loses the baby, but demonstrates an amazing level of strength to get through the disappointment. John on the other hand, doesn’t handle it so well. Bukky thus chooses that time to strike, which had been her plan all the while. The importance of spiritual sensitivity is highlighted here as it is Gbemi’s intercession for her husband that quells his naivety and grants him the wisdom to get out of a really tight spot.

The subplot of the Kalejaiyes also offers a lot of humour and heart for the film. God’s Beauty Owah plays the role of Imade very well. I remember saying in one of my Fantalk episodes that she’s one to look out for in the future and it was good to see her shine in her scenes in Gbemi 2. Her most catchy line for me was: “The Jesus kind of girl” in response to Maggie’s question about her identity, and in my mind, I was like ‘oshey’.

The aftermath of a cute wedding ceremony Imade conducts for her parents was sweet to watch as Gboyega and Tara later shared memories of their wedding day. No sooner did this raise our hopes of a restoration than they were dashed by thoughts of divorcing Tara. This leaves the door open for Chuks to robe her into a scandal planned by Maggie. From the ashes of that scandal though, a new day is born and the Kalejaiyes surrender to Jesus.

Gbemi 2 presents a bit of John’s ministry in a final scene reminiscent of the original film’s denouement; this shows a consciousness by the writer of the features that fans appreciate. This sequel commits to giving us a bit more of the same and much more in better ways.

A blip in this film which could be avoided going forward is the different portrayals of Sister Bukky’s character. The initial impression I got from her first couple of scenes was that of a counselee who had come to seek help from a man of God, and so, had to wait in line, while also visiting him later on as she passed by his office. I think that line would have been better followed than also making her a co-worker, which didn’t align well with earlier portrayals.

All in all, Gbemi 2 is a really good film and you’ll surely be blessed by watching it.

Till the next review, stay blessed.