First, if you never saw X-Men or X2, please do so before seeing this movie. It makes following some of the plot a bit easier.
Now then, the movie was definitely a good movie. Not great. Nor was it awesome. And it wasn't horrible or lame.
It was ... good.
I refuse to give away anything, but I'll say this much:
Certain actors and actresses who look like they play a big role, don't. And a couple of them who were barely mentioned at all in the days before the movie really played big parts.
There are a few surprises which go against the comic genre unless there is an X-Men IV in the distant future.
Halle Berry kicks ass!
The directing could have been better. Seeing how great of an influence Bryan Singer had on the first two X-Men movies, that makes me really want to see the film for which he abandoned X3 - Superman Returns.
There was a lot of action sequences which were pretty good. The visual effects were not the best. The make-up was great. Kelsey Grammer did a fab job as the Beast. If awards were given based on make-up and the ability to really bring a super hero character to life, Kelsey gets it hands down.
So, there you have it without having it.
If I were to give it stars, I give it 2.5 out of 5. Like I said, it was good. Not great and not horrid. Just good.