I don't give a flying FUCK if it strays from the source material. I read Stephen King's "The Shining", and I can tell I was disappointed as fuck. A boring, slow and unsurprising book, with an shockingly corny ending. It has great moments, sure, such as the character development of Jack Torrance and the incursions into his past, which the movie lacks, but the thing is it doesn't matter. This is Kurbrick's film, and his take on that tale is, seriously, better than the tale itself.
And where do I begin? Honestly, I don't quite know. Let's start with visually? Okay, so, you guys know Kubrick, and if you don't, lock yourself in a room with TV for three days and KNOW HIM. He isn't considered one of the greatest cinematic deities of all eternity for nothing. His visuals are off the charts, with the profoundest attention given to the most intricate details, such as the disposition of furniture, and his use of music (the opening shot, OH MY GOD) is as effective as it's ever been (Barry Lyndon, Clockwork Orange, Space Odyssey, anyone?). This is, as Rotten Tomatoes' consensus puts it best, "a chilling, often baroque journey into madness". I've never been more convinced of some character's insanity than here, thanks to Kubrick's creepy and dreamy, blurry, hypnotizing ambient; but primarily because of Jack Nicholson's toppest-of-the-top-notch acting. His most memorable role, no doubt, with certain scenes simply immortalized in cinema History. And let's not forget the other actors who also did an absolutely splendid job too, Shelley Duvall coming out as arguably the smartest female in any horror movie ever, and Danny Lloyd being chillingly accurately displaying utter, convincing fright.
What more can I add? Dazzling aesthetics and Bedazzling acting add up to a simply spectacular all, one of the greatest films of all time, yet another in Stanley Kubrick's already rich repertoire.