As the superhero genre continues to defy all sense and reason in growing in popularity year on year, the scale and scope of the films within the genre has also grown. And that includes the X-Men franchise, the original superhero team-up, with this year's upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past. Just someone forgot to tell Mark Bomback and Scott Frank, who wrote the screenplay for the smallest-budgeted X-Men film since X2, the smallest-feeling since X-Men, and the smallest-grossing since, well, ever. The Japanese setting was redundant, the plot way over-complicated (and corporate, I mean, this is a summer blockbuster, and the story is about a company changing hands?!) and the international cast a shameless attempt to draw increasingly lucrative foreign revenue. Which was a success, actually. But the film itself, quality-wise, was not. A step up from X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but several steps down from what the character and the franchise both deserve. And so fucking dated. Like I said, scale and scope! Both of which were entirely absent from this mid-level performer, which should have been so much bigger and so much better.