She-Hulk: Attorney at Law ★★★
Jessica Gao, Kat Coiro, Anu Valia
Starring Tatiana Maslany, Ginger Gonzaga, Jameela Jamil, Tim Roth, Mark Ruffalo
Tatiana Maslany: the perfect casting for a character many will pass by as the MCU pandering to the woke masses, but that's their loss and their mistake. She-Hulk: Attorney at Law delivers a rom-com legal drama unlike any other.
Following a blood altercation with her cousin Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), Jennifer Walters becomes the titular She-Hulk but instead of battling the stereotypes of controlling her unwanted change or choosing to fight crime with her new found super strength, she returns to her day to day job as a lawyer in an attempt to fit back in with society.
Learning that's not as easy as it seems is the whole premise of the 9-part series as Walters looks to balance both of her lives bleeding in to eachother with unexpected perks and consequences.
Maslany is easily able to play both sides of Walters' lives in a humorous and relatable way that has you rooting for her from the get go. If jokes land throughout the show, more often than not it's down to her expert delivery and characterisation.
Marvel have clearly aimed to create an easy-watching, light-hearted experience compatible with situation comedies of the 2000s. This double edged sword is undoubtedly fun in execution as each episode brings an aspect of modern society that is so un-Marvel and this unique approach of going against themselves should be commended.
But flip the coin and the fact it's so un-Marvel is also the show's biggest downfall, as the canonical events of the Infinity Saga have set a tone which makes She-Hulk stand out like a sore thumb.
Although the original She-Hulk comics are well known for the character's tongue-in-cheek wall breaking, what would have been a really innovative way of story-telling once upon a time is now a stale plot device, with some interactions falling flat, sadly including the finale of the show.
Whilst the resolution of this series is unexpected and in-keeping with the desired light hearted tone, to raise the stakes to an expected level of conclusion and then casually gloss over them is almost a kick in the teeth.
That being said, this is the first outing of a character that is perfectly portrayed and with some refined edges to the storytelling, a second series could prove to be another big smash.
She-Hulk: Attorney at Law available now on Disney+