There were rumors that this would be the last X-Men movie, but since it is doing so well in the box office (and they left it open for another sequel), minds might be changed about that. But I am sad to report that I was disappointed in the newest X-Men. I really, really liked X2, and I think that it might be the best movie based on a comic book that has ever been made. It was a good movie, on all levels, which is rare for a movie of the "fanboy" genre. It was also a rare example of a sequel better than the original. But even the first X-Men was better than X3.
X3 was not a good movie, and this was due to the direction and the script. It became an action movie, with the one-liner quips, and the one-dimensional characterization and plot. It doesn't explain characters that are missing - where is Nightcrawler, who played a fairly large role in the last one. And it doesn't take the time to introduce new characters. We get no explanation or characterization for Beast, and suddenly Kitty Pryde is at the forefront of the X-Men with no explanation. The real reason was probably that the writers needed her in the Alcatraz scene.
This time the movie wasn't so bad that I wanted to walk out, although the horrible actress from Hard Candy was Kitty. But the dialogue was awful just the same. From Rogue and Bobby's first scene ("Maybe I'm just upset because I can't touch my boyfriend." "I've never complained to you." "You don't have to, you're a boy. That's all you think about." Way to tell and not show, screenwriters) to Mystique's annoying-little-girl "Told you so," the writers consistently went for the easiest dialogue and the lowest-common-denominator one-liners. And the decision to forefront the lamest character and worst actress (Halle Berry as Storm) didn't help matters much.
I didn't want to X-Men franchise to end, but now that this movie is making so much money, there really won't be any incentive for the studio to match the quality of the second X-Men, or even bring it up to the level of the first. As sad as it would be to have the series end here, maybe it would be better than dragging it down for even more crappy sequels.