From the instant John Ottman's incredible X-Men theme blasts full volume, I always get ready for a great ride. Better than the original in almost every aspect. It's less ponderous, and just has great momentum to it. The action is better, the pacing is improved, it's just a really well-made blockbuster. The themes are a bit on the nose, especially with the cartoonishly evil and bigoted villain, but you can't say that's not something you see in real life.
Personally could've used more Cyclops though.