Review by Camden Ferrell
After a year that has already included five different MCU projects, we are now getting the long-awaited series She-Hulk: Attorney at Law. Created by Emmy-winning writer Jessica Gao (Rick & Morty), this show adapts the iconic character of Jennifer Walters. This is a series that doesn’t take itself too seriously and is loads of fun, and its shortcomings are more than compensated by Tatiana Maslany’s great leading performance.
Jennifer Walters is a young and intelligent lawyer who commands the courtroom with ease. She is the cousin of Bruce Banner and after an incident, she finds herself infected with his blood to also become a Hulk. From here, she must navigate her world with these powers and deal with the consequences that come because of it. This is a classic character who deserves a great adaptation, and this series sets up the character very well.
One of the most important aspects of She-Hulk is her humor, and the show establishes that tone from its first moments. The writing is one of the funnier things we’ve seen Marvel do lately, and it is very nonchalant about everything which makes it even more enjoyable. There are some exchanges and scenes with jokes that don’t always land, but it works well for the most part.
Tatiana Maslany leads the show as Jennifer, and this is one of the finest castings we’ve seen in this universe thus far. She embodies this role perfectly and has all the charisma that this character needs. She’s funny, and her comedic timing and chemistry is quite great. The supporting cast pales in comparison to her, but they each are entertaining in their own ways.
The show has lots of familiar faces, but She-Hulk doesn’t take a backseat to anyone. It’s a great way to reward fans without cheapening the final product. I also liked how it ditches the overarching structure of previous MCU shows in favor of an episodic comedy that is concise and fun to watch and forgoes and filler material.
One of the glaring problems with the show though is its special effects. Like previous MCU projects, the CGI can be awful and an eye sore, and this is no exception. There are several moments that look goofy and can really take you out of the experience. However, Maslany is so great in this, that these cosmetic mistakes become almost forgivable.
While it isn’t the most groundbreaking or original series, it is a nice change of pace for this franchise. The 4th wall breaks are fun and feel like they’re genuinely trying to do something different in this universe, and it works quite well. It’s not perfect, but it does the character justice.
She-Hulk: Attorney at Law is a fun legal comedy that MCU fans will enjoy upon release. There are great callbacks and cameos, but at its core, the show is about Jennifer Walters and who she is as a person and now as a hero.
She-Hulk: Attorney at Law premieres its first episode on Disney+ August 18 with subsequent episodes every Thursday. Four of the nine episodes are reviewed.