Usually remakes are the worst, but it was actually pretty good. I've seen both, but haven't read the books.
The biggest differences I saw were:
1. He has a daughter/the character is more visible.
2. There's a cat now. (Spoilers: REALLY SAD)
3. The ending bit with the main character is different, but not too far off the intent of the original.
Either way, I liked them both!