When Bryan Singer left the franchise, X-Men was still healthy, unfettered by too many characters fighting for screen time with a backbone of well developed mainstays and action that always surpassed it's quota.
Appreciation of the delicate balance between character development and spectacle is not however a strength that Brett Ratner brings with him as director, and unfortunately a lot of the sound foundations Singer built are swept away in some blasphemous attempts to make way for less character growth and more gratuitous cgi.
The meagre developments in character seem out of place or just plain bad taste and the slew of new faces clogging up the screen does little to alleviate matters wasting McKellans thespian gravitas and overusing Jackmans feral Wolverine to the point of tedium.
Beisdes these obvious flaws , X3 meets the standard action requirements, and while delivering some outstanding set pieces, never really surpasses them.
With an ambiguous, disaffecting finale, X-Men ends uncomfortably and could well see more screen time, the question being will it come draped in redemption, or flogging a dead horse.