However, I saw it in IMAX and the whole landscape in the film seemed distorted and it just was not the best way to see this film in my opinion.
I would love to see it again on a normal flat screen, to experience the cinematography and arial filming in the way that my mind and eyes can appreciate it, rather than have...concave view of the trees in my perifiral vision.
A striking feature of the film was that it was very beautiful in its cinematography, whether that be a top shot of the Western Wall to the street view of the different quarters in the city. What I also liked was the exploration of the city from the perspectives of the three girls since they brought their own views of the city and its highlights.
That being said, I do understand the accusation that the movie is a bit white-washed due to the fact that they do gloss over the underlying issues concerning Israel. That being said, I did like the cautiously hopeful message at the end of the film - one that wishes for mutual understanding and harmony between the three religions in Israel.
Overall, it's a beautiful film that brings an interesting perspective on this iconic city through its storytelling and the three girls leading the audience through their lives.
The biggest issue at play is that the film attempts to cover too much in too short of time. The film appears disjointed and confusing. In framing the documentary, Ferguson chose the perspective of the three major religions, told from the viewpoint of three women. As a result, too much time was spent analyzing the sociology of modern-day Jerusalem. What then falls on the back burner are the magnificent sites that receive hardly any screen presence or narration.
Even if a cultural study was Ferguson's goal, this expectation was not met. Routinely, traditions are brought up but quickly forgotten without adequate explanations. It is quite a shame the director spent three years on this project, and supposedly received permission to film sites never before filmed, because that was clearly not evident in the film itself. Perhaps if Ferguson would have used the historical sites instead of the personalities of the modern inhabitants of the city as his primary focal point, the film could have fared better. It instead felt like a cheap advertisement for diversity, asking for everyone to "just get along."