A whole movie where the story around the central event is told from the character development of other key characters. 'L'Avventura' is a gorgeous film, but certainly isn't the most engaging work.
Monica Vitti turns in a solid performance, but 'L'Avventura' was missing something. For a movie that relies so heavily on character and acting, it was missing that one character that we could identify with. I understand the point of Antonioni's trilogy here is to analyze how shallow the upper class is, but dirtbags doing dirtbag things isn't exactly subtle.
The black and white cinematography paint some beautiful portraits. The opening 30 minutes or so, the skyscrapers, the volcanic islands, it's all shot very well.
It's a shame then that this didn't rope me in. It's a mystery where the biggest mystery is why it's not as interesting or engaging as it should be.