She-Hulk: Attorney at Law is the 8th installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) series, which is the last installment of the 4th phase. The film is directed by Jessica Gao and released on the Disney Plus platform, ending this week. The series has a total of 9 episodes that average 34 minutes. This film stars Tatiana Maslany with several regular MCU cast, including Mark Ruffalo, Benedict Wong, and Tim Roth. After so many series and superhero characters, now does She-Hulk offer something different according to the previous MCU tradition?

After a strange car accident that befell Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) and her cousin, Jennifer Walters (Tatiana Maslany), Jen was accidentally contaminated with Bruce’s blood which made her a Hulk, aka She-Hulk. One training process with Bruce showed that Jen could control her powers better than her mentor. In the process, Jen, more precisely She-Hulk, who attracted the public’s attention, was lined up to become the head of the attorney division of a law firm specifically for superhumans who need legal counsel. Within the scope of his work, Jen also intersects with familiar MCU characters, such as Wong and Abomination, and introduces Daredevil to other unknown superhuman figures. Jen’s personal life was also affected by this new identity.

The first two to three episodes did feel fun, with various impressive cinematic technic from other MCU’s. In particular, breaking the fourth wall technique is undoubtedly familiar in this genre (Deadpool). The figure of Jen/She-Hulk can arbitrarily dialogue with the audience by commenting on her mental situation at that time. Like in Deadpool, she not only commented on the situation in the story at that time but also even up to the script and production of the film, especially in the closing episode.

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Continuing the next series, everything feels tiring. The story is often too trivial and unnecessary because it does not impact the continuity of the series plot. Several episodes were helped by the presence of cameos like Wong and Abomination. But this can not cover a story that is too “not serious” with outrageous comedy and forced stories. His battle with a super figure (read: not in a matter of life or death) arbitrarily destroys public facilities and even the surrounding vehicles. Don’t they realize this can harm other people? This is a different context from other MCU films, for example, the events of New York (Marvel’s Avenger) or Winter Soldier. It may not be a problem for other viewers, but this is ridiculous for me.

Playing around with various cinematic narratives is fun, but She-Hulk: Attorney at Law is too much in execution. She-Hulk may be meant to be different in the sense of “entertaining,” not like before. Yes, I agree 100%. It could be a lot of MCU fans are entertained. But for me, this is the worst MCU product that can kill its cinematic universe (hopefully not). The MCU has gone too long with immeasurable commercial success, and some of its films are some of the best in their genre. However, specifically for this one series, I agree with Martin Scorsese. This series is just a circus.

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His hobby has been watching films since childhood, and he studied film theory and history autodidactically after graduating from architectural studies. He started writing articles and reviewing films in 2006. Due to his experience, the author was drawn to become a teaching staff at the private Television and Film Academy in Yogyakarta, where he taught Film History, Introduction to Film Art, and Film Theory from 2003 to 2019. His debut film book, "Understanding Film," was published in 2008, which divides film art into narrative and cinematic elements. The second edition of the book, "Understanding Film," was published in 2018. This book has become a favorite reference for film and communication academics throughout Indonesia. He was also involved in writing the Montase Film Bulletin Compilation Book Vol. 1-3 and "30 Best Selling Indonesian Films 2012-2018." Additionally, he authored the "Horror Film Book: From Caligari to Hereditary" (2023) and "Indonesian Horror Film: Rising from the Grave" (2023). Until now, he continues to write reviews of the latest films at montasefilm.com and is actively involved in all film productions at the Montase Film Community. His short films have received high appreciation at many festivals, both local and international. Recently, his writing was included in the shortlist (top 15) of Best Film Criticism at the 2022 Indonesian Film Festival. From 2022 until now, he has also been a practitioner-lecturer for the Film Criticism and Film Theory courses at the Yogyakarta Indonesian Institute of the Arts in the Independent Practitioner Program.

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