Originally Posted by kelgy
He has the focus on visuals and audio that Hitchcock had but minus the command of story and character, thus he couldnt succeed with Amazing Stories the way Hitchcock did.
I'm sorry, but I have to disagree. Spielberg's better movies all have a memorable storyline, a good script, engaging dialogue, good editing, cinematography and VFX, and pretty distinct, well-acted, and well-developed main characters.
Were the characters in "Saving Private Ryan", for example, not distinct? Each soldier character in that film, to me, was very different from the other soldiers characters in some way, even though at the end of the day they were all "little soldiers" stuck in a "really big war".
Spielberg has a particularly good "touch" when it comes to child actors, young actors, and scenes depicting family ties (mother, father & children interacting)
Hitchcock? Sure, he was a real master of the Thriller/Horror genre.
Spielberg, to me, has more "range" than Hitchcock as a director though.
Every major Spielberg film turns out different from the last.
Even the cinematography and visual language and pacing changes a lot between his films.
I personally think that Spielberg is strangely "underappreciated" as a director, given his long track record of mostly "good" and "watcheable" films.