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Whether or not intended it to be or not, it looks like The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is one of the most controversial films of the year. No, I'm not talking about it being made into a trilogy or even the addition of non-canon characters. I'm talking CNN naming The Hobbit as one of its "10 Worst Movies of 2012". Its #1 Worst Movie of 2012, to be exact. You read that right. Your eyes still work; it's CNN that's jacked.

I'm not going to lie, I was kind of disappointed. The story felt more like The Two Towers rather than a Fellowship of the Ring, which shouldn't matter but still does. Then, there's the little matter of the 48 fps and in 3D, no less. As many have said (myself included), it made the film look extraordinarily beautiful in some very specific circumstances, like General Hospital circa 1984 in others, and like World of Warcraft the rest of the time. BUT IT WAS NOT THE WORST FILM OF 2012. Not by a long shot. I still left the theater happy, feeling a rekindled love for Peter Jackson's Middle-earth and really stoked for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

Look at the stinkers that are on the rest of CNN's list: The Lucky One, The Sitter, People Like Us, This Means War? The Hobbit was in no way worse than those. One piece of evidence: was not involved with The Hobbit. I think people are simply having a hard time dealing with the fact that they had sky-high and very emotional expectations based on Lord of the Rings and forget that 1) The Hobbit is a different animal altogether, 2) it's full of some jaw-dropping, heartwarming s*%t despite its few but fundamental failings and 3) it's got staying power.

In my estimation, CNN thought that they could rack up some cheap pageviews by taking something that people still love even if they say they were disappointed. Badly played CNN; weak strategy and a low blow to boot. If they really wanted to go for worst film, and not a much-anticipated-but-not-100%-satisfying-success, then I'd have suggested either one of the others on the list to move up, or even the God-awful clunker What's Your Number. Or hey, what about the much-anticipated-and-truly-craptastic Berg-turd, Battleship?

Do you think that The Hobbit deserved worst movie of 2012? What was your worst film of 2012? Let us know in the comments!


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