Alright, first of all, wow. What an epic film. Singer knocks it out of the park! The use of many characters in a cohesive film with heart, humor, and hunks (Wolverine has a nice little scene for the ladies). I'm writing this on my phone as a quick reply, so warning you now, slight spoilers, but nothing we can't reference in promotional material. The way Wolverine handles and reacts to time travel is unique and fun to watch. Quicksilver is as cool as people have claimed, stealing the show, among other things. Just like Wade Wilson in Origins, he adds action and humor to the mix, except they neither botched the character, nor the movie in this one... I look forward to seeing him in the next film. Wonderful action sequences with sentinels and mutants alike. Mystique, Charles, Erik, and even Wolverine grow a lot as characters.
Now for a critique with, as I mentioned, some SPOILERY TYPE STUFF! First of all, New future mutants. Blink is pretty badass, and so is Bishop. I would not expect his final scene to end how it did, but then again, I felt the same way about Darwin in First Class. Sunspot was cool for effects and as a foil for Iceman, but Warpath seemed... what's the word... pointless? No... he just seemed that way in battle next to the likes of the other X-Men. He came in handy at times though...
Also, Anna Paquin deserves more than she got, especially since she is one of the first names in the credits. Here's to hoping she has a nice section in the bluray extras, and I'm no Rogue fan.
The idea of Hank developing a mutation suppressing drug is somewhat foreshadowing X3, but hey... everyone experimented in the seventies, right? Hank actually takes some action on the movie than reminded me of X3. Fun stuff...
As far as Azazel, Mystique, and Magneto go, my wife had some questions and I think I have the storyline straight. Raven and Erik are close, some may even say romantic, in this universe. However, Erik is arrested after assassination charges are brought against him (and, btw, how about that twist!) In 1963 or 64. This leaves Mystique vulnerable without her leader. She can't go back to Charles... she's changed! He's hurting but she is in this new group now. Who can understand her better than Azazel? The only other obviously different mutant in the group, he can be there for her. Say things get romantic mid-sixties, she makes a little blue bundle of joy which somehow ends up in the Munich Circus, and voila! This makes Nightcrawler about 20 in 1985 and 38 in 2003, when X2 came out. Good timeline. We don't need an on screen romance. Implied is fine with me. I agree with Nan in her first assumption as to why Raven is upset, however the latter is a contributing factor.
Another thing... stadium scene... awesome stuff. Necessary? Probably not... but Magneto does cover all bases, so to speak. Also, how the Hell are they going to fix the mess he made? I'd hate to be on that clean up crew!
Despite all the criticism, this rivals all other X-films as the best installment. Opens up a world of new possibilities and storylines to be told, which I am head over heels to see. In awe of how well my expectations were met. Also, assuming Nightcrawler is in Apocalypse, I'm cosplaying the premiere of that thing!