I hated how obsessed with continuity “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” was. This film is similarly obsessed with continuity, but rather than trying to over-explain and convolute it, it revels in breaking it, resurrecting the joys of the series through an enjoyable science-fiction plot. There’s a great sense of manic madness to the film. This is about delivering a solid, enjoyable superhero movie, while course-correcting the series so that it keeps delivering solid, enjoyable superhero movies, rather than the bizarre misfires of the earlier days.
The melding of the casts from the first three movies and “X-Men: First Class” was a great idea, and an example of the series finally using its bizarre continuity for its own benefit. It streamlines, rather than complicates. Instead of suffering through needlessly complicated attempts to stuff non-existent plot holes, it throws caution to the wind and combines elements audiences like.
The cast is great, the best in the series yet (albeit through virtue of the melding continuities). The film is stylish, like First Class was, thanks to the period setting and strong direction. The music is nothing particularly interesting unfortunately. Frustratingly, it is lacking the superb Magneto theme from First Class.
An enjoyable, surprisingly heartfelt science-fiction superhero action romp that seems to have finally gotten the series solidly on track.
I give it three and a half magnetically controlled bullets, and a smattering of Rogue scenes.