A superior being (represented by the monolith) is present at the origin of humanity, observing while man discovers tools. It then leaves earth and embeds itself in the moon, waiting for the human race to be advanced enough to discover it. After that discovery, it leaves the moon for orbit around Mars (forgive me if that’s incorrect. I think it’s Mars. It’s been awhile since I’ve seen the movie). The man that touches it is shown a new level of existence by the superior being, and is ushered through the remainder of his life, only to be retuned to Earth as the star child – the first of us who has reached this new plane who will now bring the rest of humanity along.
The HAL portion of the movie is an examination of what it is to be alive.
It’s an excellent, excellent, excellent movie. But I wouldn’t say it’s necessarily cryptic. The Shining is cryptic. Not so much 2001.
I got the same screen, in English, a few weeks ago. Messed my golden eggs up. From the menu system, I can see how many I’ve acquired (all of them) but when you go into the Golden Egg menu screen, it shows that none of them have been found.
The problem for Americans is that the odds of healthy eating are overwhelmingly stacked against us. Portion sizes are out of control, “natural” flavorings have dramatically altered our palates, food deserts plague lower income areas, and foods have become so overloaded with sugars (natural, corn-based and artificial), fats and sodium that they are addictive drugs by proxy. You throw in some genetic predispositions and it’s no wonder we’ve turned to bariatric surgery and neurostimulation.