It is totally unfair to compare a 2 hour movie made in 1990 to a series made in 2017! And I'm trying not to!! (But it's really difficult!) Ok, the movie deviated from the book in some really key areas. First of all, you did not get the since of confinement, restriction, uncertainty, and never ending terror that Offred conveyed in the book. In the movie, she was much more resigned to her fate and her surroundings, and she had an almost cavalier attitude. Next, her involvement with Nick was really portrayed as casual and tawdry, rather than the the multi-layered, emotional connection from the book. In this movie, the commander treated her with more respect than Nick, and she actually seemed to like him more! So overall, the movie was okay, but not great. It fell flat emotionally, and sparked no feelings of terror of dread whatsoever, which is the exact opposite of the book.
On a side note, Robert Duvall and Faye Dunaway look much more like the characters described in the book! In comparison to the series (sorry!) they look much more the part than Yvonne Stravinsky and Joseph Fiennes, but are no comparison in terms of ability to portray them! In the beginning of the movie, you are anticipating the ceremony with Dunaway and Duvall to make you just cringe, but it really doesnt. On the other hand...Joseph Fiennes....um, how to put this? He looks GREAT! How bad can it be? Well, BAD!! REALLY BAD!! Creep you totally out bad!! Stravinsky and Fiennes are just superb! So that's it. I'd read the book first, watch the movie second, then watch the series and pray like the rest of us for April to hurry up!!!