Allow me to amend that, however, by saying that a strong climax doesn't neccessitate a weak beginning. Quite the contrary; a story's opening has the opportunity not only to lay the groundwork for the work as a whole, but to hook the viewer in while doing so. Hamlet begins with the hero's father appearing as a ghost to tell his son that he was murdered, and demand revenge. Romeo and Juliet kicks off with a full-scale street brawl, externalizing the families' feud--the story's central conflict--in a strong and immediate way. Now, after the opening hook, a story has more of a chance to slow down; the audience, having tasted the good stuff and been promised more to come, is more willing to play along in anticipation of the next big scene. Speaking as a storyteller, I'd rather have my audience think "Wow! Gimme some more!" then "Are we there yet? Are we there yet?"