I like this a lot better. It does not have the incessant laugh track that the tv show had. Alan Alda was wonderful and had the chance to develop the Hawkeye character well over a decade. But Donald Sutherland's performance is raw and crisp like the movie. It gives you a birdseye wiew of the dualistic world of the horror of war juxtaposed with the childish frivolity and madness perpetrated by the hospital staff in order to grasp what little sanity they still possess in such an environment. Not perhaps entirely realistic, but fascinating. And the football game is amazing. One of the first times somebody says the f word in a major motion picture. An awesome cast, but only Gary Burghoff got retained for the series.
If you love the show, you may have mixed feeling about this.