(This review may contain spoilers).
I went to see the triple showing of the X-Men movies with my sister… but having watched the previous two before, I was especially excited about this one.
I really enjoyed the opportunity to see many of the students as their younger selves and to get a bit of a glimpse of their lives outside of being part of the X-Men. While I did like most of the characters… I have to say, Kurt (Nightcrawler) was probably my favourite. He was from the cartoon I saw him in and being able to see him in this movie was just awesome.
While there was a lot of tension in this movie and I was very much on the edge of my seat for most of it, there was some really good balance with humour. It was cool to see the tie-ins with the other movies… but I did find it especially frustrating that there was a lot of contradiction, even though there was an amusing comment about the third film in a series being bad.
It did take me a while to realise just how much time had passed for the characters… but there were some intensely distressing scenes in this. It was particularly good to see the interactions between Charles and Erik… but while she wasn’t my favourite character, I did like seeing Raven more and the fact that, although morally ambiguous, she was still trying to do the right thing.
I liked Storm’s character and I think I would have liked to see a bit more of her history, though there were some quite good elements of foreshadowing. The first mutant was dangerously charismatic, though I wasn’t sure exactly why his four ‘disciples’ were so loyal to him.
It was really good to see Logan make an appearance, even knowing that he’d probably crop up again later. And there were a few link-ins to the original X-Men trilogy, even despite the contradictions.
There was a scene right after the end characters, so if you decide to go and watch it (and I recommend you do if you enjoy the X-Men in particular), make sure you stay for that. I definitely intend to buy this movie on DVD when it comes out.