Some fans think the upside-down kiss between Sink and O’Brien is a reference to the 2002 film “Spider-Man.”
Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man” stars Tobey Maguire as the title character and Kirsten Dunst as his love interest, Mary Jane Watson.
In the film’s most iconic scene, Maguire hangs upside down and Dunst removes the bottom part of his mask to kiss him.
“Spider-Man” hit theaters in 2002, just before Dunst turned 20 years old. Mere months later, she began dating Gyllenhaal, who was 21. The couple went on to share a home in Los Angeles and even adopted a puppy together before they split in 2004.
In “Spider-Man 2,” released in 2004, Dunst’s character tries to recreate the upside-down kiss with a different love interest, in an attempt to recapture the magic of her previous relationship.
In “All Too Well,” the upside-down kiss between Sink and O’Brien — initiated by O’Brien’s character — plays over the line, “Back before you lost the one real thing you’ve ever known.”
According to one popular TikTok, which currently has 4 million views and nearly 800,000 likes, this shot was an intentional nod to Gyllenhaal’s previous relationship with Dunst.
“To Taylor, as the writer [in 2012] and, I think, the character, it’s very clear that this is the one real thing either of them had ever known,” says TikToker @classiclaur.
“But to Taylor the director [in 2021],” she continues, “putting this shot over this line, looking back on those lyrics now, I think this might be one of her ways of acknowledging that this was never as real to him, and in fact, he might have even been trying to recreate the type of relationship he had when he was her age.”
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