The Young Victoria (2009) -vs- Sherlock Holmes (2009)
Calling all Anglophiles! Englandâ€™s longest reigning monarch takes on the cleverest subject of her (fictional) realm in this All-Union-Jack Smackdown. Both repackaged and reimagined for the new millenniumâ€™s theatergoing audience — the usually buttoned-up Victoria gets unstuffed and sexed up in a lush period romance/political drama, and Sherlock gets the no-holds-barred no-punches-pulled Guy Ritchie/Joel Silver treatment. Both title characters make formidable contenders for the Smackdown crown; thereâ€™s nothing I appreciate more than a really good makeover.