A lonely, no-life lizard thrust into uncertainty, who goes along with the twists and turns thrown at him, changing his outlook on life as he learns fear, responsibility, love, and adventure. However, it is not until he is confronted by a true test of morality without any wiggle room for excuses is he genuinely able to administer domination over his own existence, no longer letting circumstances control him and finally truly choosing his own path toward happiness. If it sounds like a classic story it's because at its very core it is, but Gore Verbinski's vision is anything but classic, as it balances its wonderful whimsical farce with gritty hyper-realism. From the unbelievably realistic animation to the high-octane action sequences and elaborate, fully realized world of settings and characters, this is careful homage yet unmistakeably a unique vision, superior in terms of how well-built and life-like the story is. I'm glad I decided to revisit this one.