Note: if you haven't seen it yet and intend to do so, stay until the very end of the credits, and don't read any further.
Good performances from the cast helped to improve things a bit, but if this is the last one, then I think that the second remains the winner. The two plots didn't seem to integrate well: I felt we got far too little time with Jean after her resurgence.
D. was a bit frustrated by the complete disregard for canon. I was surprised by some of the slapped-together editing and caught at least one continuity error. I usually never catch those, so for me to notice, it must've been pretty blatant. Mystique's makeup was worn off on the bottom of her foot when she was breaking out of her cell. Also, the edit on Magneto at the end seemed very jumpy. Maybe they'll fix this in the DVD.
D. mentioned the ethics of Xavier's decision at the very end, and I'm certainly not sure what to think of it. Even if it's a clone, one has to wonder a little: if he always had that route, why retain his disability? Don't get me wrong: I think that was one of the best uses of end-credit time I've seen, and I was happy to see his return, but it raises many questions, some of which seem inconsistent with what we know of Charles Xavier. On the other hand, this wouldn't be the first time that the movies have portrayed Professor X in a way that differed from his depiction in the comic.
I really didn't see the point of including Angel. He seemed a decorative cameo at best. Kelsey Grammer, on the other hand, was enjoyable as Beast, and I thought Ellen Page certainly portrayed Kitty Pryde's vulnerability, although she didn't get much screen time to give us much more than that. Ian McKellen just has so much presence, and I'm apparently not the only one who loves him as Magneto, given that there's apparently a Magneto project in the works.
I still wish Nightcrawler had been in it. I was glad to see Pyro return, because he works well for me as Emperor Magneto's blunt lackey on the Dark Side of the Force.
We got a little teaser for Snakes on a Plane; it was playfully self-aware, and definitely suggests that they've got the marketing angle right. We also got a trailer for Superman Returns. I know I'll see it, but I've disliked the feel of every single trailer for it. I hope Singer knows what he's doing. More and more, I'm thinking that he shouldn't have left X-Men. My Super Ex-Girlfriend looks totally lame from the trailer. Joss, hurry up and cast Wonder Woman, already.
I've got my list of coming attractions, but so far we're almost halfway through the year and V for Vendetta remains the best movie released in 2006 that I've seen.
My X2 review is here, for anyone who's interested.
EDIT, 5/27/2006, 10:04 pm: Comments contain spoilers.