Nick Carraway, a young Midwesterner now living on Long Island, finds himself fascinated by the mysterious past and lavish lifestyle of his landlord, the nouveau riche Jay Gatsby. He is drawn into Gatsby's circle, becoming a witness to obsession and tragedy.
Based on the F. Scott Fitzgerald story and with a screenplay written by Francis Ford Coppola, this is the tale of young millionaire Jay Gatsby, who becomes part of Long Island society in the 1920s. Redford is Gatsby, leader of the social whirl, whose only flaw is that he is in love with the rather married Daisy (Mia Farrow). Aside from this, life is one long party, dripping with champagne, and it all gets rather tedious watching other people enjoy themselves, although a colourful recreation of the period that stays faithful to the novel makes the film easier to bear. Look out for Patsy Kensit in her first film role as Mia Farrow’s daughter.
An opulent and accurate portrayal of the period that drags too much to stay interesting.