While the first two installments where lyric in scope, this third one is a true let down.
A hurried, fumbled project, filled to the rim with special effects and action, but as brainless and empty as a tin can.
Patrick Stewart makes his "disappearance" bit in here, and perhaps this is the only good thing about it, because it would have been embarrassing for him to have stayed longer.
The other characters are just automatons playing by numbers. Gone are the well developed characterizations of the other two movies.
Is it just because the director wasn't Bryan Singer? Somehow I doubt it. It must have been the script in itself that was probably the cause of such a confused and weak ending.
Pity, because after the second movie, we all waited for a majestic ending, a sort of Clash of the Titans, but something solid, serious and dramatic as well. This instead is just a general and mega-galactic shootout with almost no plot nor true sense of who or what we lost in the process.
In the end, one is almost glad it's all over, but not in the sense the filmmakers probably intended.
No, we are just glad, that this film is over and can get the other two out of their sleeves and make them play for us one more time, the way they were, and in the meanwhile, imagine how the true ending could have been like, if only a talented writer had been hired to do so.
Sorry, but my two stars go for thanking the fact that they probably won't make a sequel out of this one. At least I hope so.
What a pity and what a shame. It had started so well, only to land in the trash-bin.
Not even the honest attempts made by Ian McKellen to bring back the deviousness of Magneto served the purpose, and when such an actor, of his caliber, cannot save a movie of this kind, than there is something very, very wrong with it.
Sorry guys, to disappoint you with my comments, but this is what I truly feel.
The transfer on DVD is well made, both in picture and sound quality and even sports a DTS option, which due to the abismal quality of the movie itself, is no big gift either.
Better stick to "X-Men" and "X2 - X-Men United", it is money better spent.