I can understand where you're coming from CoGro, as far as it being a real stand-alone Wolverine story and not your typical superhero romp. Sure. And in that regard I enjoyed it as well.
But I don't think it is even in the same league as First Class, hell none of the other X-movies are. And the things which most bothered me about the first three popped up again in this one. Namely the Jean-part. And the tears. The emotional backdrop of his 'nightmare' requires me to understand and acknowledge their 'relationship' in the first three X installments. And frankly I don't want to. I want to pretend they never happened, and if this film would have let me do that it would have jumped dramatically higher in my personal satisfaction scale. And what's more, there is so much material involving his character, even just in this film let alone all of Marvel comics, that I don't see why it's even necessary here. Their relationship, to me, was never such a character defining element to Wolverine. At least not as vital as this series of films suggests.
Not to get too sidetracked, but maybe just to explain myself a bit; did you read House of M a few years back? At one point, Wolverine wakes up on a hellicarier with full memory of the life he has lived up until that point. He also is fully aware, unlike all of the other heroes on Earth, that the world has been suddenly and drastically altered. He basically ends up swan diving off the flying deck into the city below. Bad, ass. Captain America did almost the same balls out move at the opening seconds of Civil War a few years later.
The point that sticks out to me is that I could see Marvel Studios/Disney's Chris Evans/Captain America doing just that someday. I don't see Jackman's Wolverine ever having that kind of balls.
He'd be too busy sobbing about some eerily plain Dutch girl that he cinematically shared about 20 mostly rapey looking minutes with. As someone who could talk the habit off a nun, I noticed very little actual 'romance' between the two. I never bought it, and his over emotional reaction to her and her death seemed so out of character to me, then and now, that it takes me right out of the movies whenever it comes up. Hell, his reaction to the 'death' of the hot teacher gal in Origins was 100% more believable and sensible to that story than anything involving the cinematic Jean up until this point. For my money at least, that's just how I see it.
The whole bone-claws thing is a little, I dunno', stupid and unnecessary in my mind as well. They just look less interesting. I wouldn't want those, I'd rather have sharp metal ones. I'd rather have them in movies I'm watching too.
I skipped out on the credits. I went with a bunch of non-geeks who were bugging me and I didn't want to wait for it. But I kind of wish I did having read about it here. From the info I've seen, DoFP looks and sounds quite interesting thus far and I'm getting kind of geeked about it myself.