‘She-Hulk: Attorney At Law’ Is Top Tier MCU Content, DEAL WITH IT!

I can already see the mob of bigots coming for me after reading the title of this review but I have to say it, after the exhausting rollercoaster that is Phase 4 of the MCU, it felt particularly nice to have a show that I could count on every week to make me laugh and feel good for 30 minutes. ‘She-Hulk: Attorney At Law’ was the best of both of worlds, it had all of the easter eggs and references you would come to expect with an MCU project and at the same time, it was this simple and fun comic-book adventure. It didn’t have these huge stakes and it didn’t carry this huge goal that the show has to rush to in the finale to set up something else and all that. It was a weekly catch-up with this fantastic character as she tags us along and lets us into her life interactively. The best content this phase has given us so far is the type that transcends the formula and gives us something fresh and sometimes it’s been a hit and other times it’s been a miss, ‘She-Hulk’ just might be the best hit.

spoilers for ‘She-Hulk: Attorney At Law’ are featured in this review.

Truth be told because it must be told, I was probably the last person that wanted to watch this show, I had no clue who She-Hulk was and considering how lacking my interest is in Bruce Banner, I didn’t think this show would be for me. I wasn’t even sure if I was even going to watch it but then I saw that it was half-hour episodes and they got me. Now let’s talk about the hulk in the room, the CGI. It is no secret that Marvel is very strict and unfair to its visuals department and it shows. With strict deadlines and endless (talk about job security) work, it leads projects to have messy, awkward and sometimes outright bad CGI and ‘She-Hulk’ is definitely a prime example of that. Luckily this isn’t the type of show that I watch for the visual effects and lucky for me, I can withstand horrible CGI as I grew up in the 2000s so for me this wasn’t necessarily a problem and to be completely fair, the CGI was fairly good in certain scenes and the facial expressions were never off, it was more so a matter of lighting and texture. Again, the main appeal of ‘She-Hulk’ isn’t the CGI, it’s the writing and this show really delivered which is surprising that an MCU show stuck the landing but this one really did.

Tatiana Maslany is fantastic as Jennifer Walters/She-Hulk, she is effortlessly charming, charismatic and funny. I did not know what to expect in the first episode but she won me over immediately. Her ability to let us into her life and the fact that she is not a part of some cosmically grand adventure makes her super relatable and fun to watch. She is the audience personified if well, we had superpowers and that’s not something this franchise has ever really done all that much lately. It obviously depends on the person watching but I felt like Jennifer and I would be total friends. She’s a well-written character which I can’t really say about some certain leads from the past few years… looking at Doctor Strange directly in all three eyes. To the naysayers whining because they made her stronger than Bruce, unless you know what being a woman is like and how that affects you emotionally, I suggest you back this one out. Anger management is just something women have on control because they have to and it’s the one time they give into where they’re looked at as a raging monster. Having intimate footage being leaked to a room full of people, I did not expect Marvel to go there but they did and it was done tastefully. I was a bit sceptical of the direction the finale would take but boy, was I surprised by how well it stuck the landing. It is actually genius for the show to give her a typical finale with overblown plots tying together forcefully, forcing Jennifer to break the fourth wall and the Disney+ interface. It is so clever to have Jennifer/She-Hulk struggle with having control of her own life all season long to ultimately having her quite literally take fate into her own hands. Going on the Marvel lot and asking the ‘She-Hulk’ writers what the hell they were thinking? Genius. Going to ask K.E.V.I.N. (clever reveal by the way), why her show is getting a typical, nonsensical final that doesn’t match what her show is all about. Amazing. I also love how the show knows it’s fanbase so well that’s it’s constantly one step ahead of them. Always taking shots at the haters, checking in with the viewers and asking K.E.V.I.N when the hell the X-Men are coming. It’s funny every single time.

Outside of Jennifer/She-Hulk, the supporting cast holds their own quite well. Jennifer’s best friend Nikki played by Ginger Gonzaga was super funny and charismatic as well. I loved her interactions with the literal queen Renée Elise Goldsberry who plays Mallory, a fellow lawyer who has their shit together in striking fashion. The support between these women and how they continue to lift each other up was very endearing to watch. I would love to get to see more of the three of them. Jameela Jamil joins the MCU as Titania which might be the most perfect casting I’ve ever seen. She is hilarious and just the right amount of over-the-top. Mark Ruffalo returns and he is better than ever with his comedic timing and charisma. His chemistry with Tatiana Maslany is undeniable and it makes their scenes together all the more entertaining. That first episode really was a highlight. I also cannot go an entire review about ‘She-Hulk’ without mentioning DAREDEVIL. See, the thing is, I haven’t seen the ‘Daredevil‘ show but I think Charlie Cox is very, very, very attractive so his episode… very much enjoyed it. Loved that they brought him back in the finale and I think that he and Maslany were electric together. I genuinely hope we get to see more of them together. That’s how you do a comic-book style guest star episode! Also, the Meghan Thee Stallion bit was fucking hilarious, y’all are just sad and bitter.

Overall, ‘She-Hulk: Attorney At Law’ proved to be quite a success. From the clever writing to the genuinely funny jokes, this was a show that just felt good to watch. It was the first MCU show that didn’t feel like a chore and I’m really glad I gave it a chance. The cast is fantastic, the cameos are very enjoyable and cleverly used and most importantly, Jennifer Walters was always at the forefront, it never surrendered to the cameos or to the ridiculous demands some fans wanted. It’s one of the more fun projects of the MCU and a true highlight from Phase 4 and with that being said, case dismissed!

Rating: 4 out of 5.

‘She-Hulk: Attorney At Law’ is now streaming on Disney+.

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