The ending of Blue features a small reference to each of the characters- where they are in the night- and what they are doing. It is bathed in the colour blue, and is just a small touch- it seems as though they've all experienced a similar feeling or vision. It pans from left to right for each character, until it reaches the very sexual Lucille, at which point it begins to pan in the opposite direction. Throughout this series of scenes, the music that was being composed throughout the life of the movie is heard for the first time in the manner it was meant to be performed, booming and full of grief.
While watching this, the similarity to the ending character reference montage in Donnie Darko was striking. In Donnie Darko, there is a blended pan from left to right, where each character is seen in bed- seemingly all at the same period of time- and reacting to a shared bad dream or emotion- all while a depressing Tears for Fears cover is performed. The mood is somber and blue- and allows the director a way to allow a relevant glimpse for the viewer into all the characters- all without them interacting directly with one another.
I had to stop the movie and call some friends in that were familiar with Donnie Darko to verify my claim. It does seem either that Richard Kelly either chose to use a very successful method of closure and 'looking in' at other characters, or perhaps it was a reference to Blue? I haven't seen anything quite as similar as the endings in Blue & Donnie Darko- but perhaps I've forgotten something.
Has anyone else made this connection? I did a simple Google search- butI found no obvious connection- perhaps there isn't one. I'd be interested in any opinions you might have.
Cross posted to donnie_darko