Aquaman looks like it’s going to be a real turning point for the DCEU delivering a pretty solid superhero flick. There’s plenty of fun to be had in the film thanks to the film’s characters, action and tone but you gotta admit, there’s a ton of bulls–t thrown in there as well. From some of Shark Tale-esque underwater scenes to its music choices, the film may be fun but no way in hell is it perfect. As for the topic of music choices, Pitbull’s “Ocean to Ocean” is what we’re talking about here.
In case you forgot, the song was used as Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa) and Mera (Amber Heard) walked out of the water and we got to see in slow-motion. Hot right? No, it was actually kinda stupid looking. “Ocean to Ocean” is technically a new song reminding us that Pitbull isn’t dead yet but its hook features the chorus of Toto’s “Africa” sung by Rhea. It’s pretty fitting since Arthur and Mera were travelling to the Sahara desert to search for King Atlan’s Trident. However, it’s still a pretty dumb song to use in a superhero film but director James Wan seems like he wanted to emulate something from a franchise he was a part of and no, it’s not The Conjuring.
Speaking with Business Insider, Wan discussed his decision to include the Pitbull song in Aquaman. His main reason for that is that he just wanted the film to be fun and this choice of song would not only do that, it would taking a page from the Fast and Furious series. He said:
“And putting the song in the sequence where Aquaman and Mera walk out of the water in slow motion, I felt: For f—‘s sake, let’s have fun with it! It’s something out of ‘Fast and Furious. Pitbull was in there very early on. He was really excited to do something for the film. That sequence is very tongue-in-cheek, and we just wanted to have fun with it. And we wanted a cheeky song at that point of the movie. I just wasn’t sure what song it was going to be.”
Wan directed Fast and Furious 7 and we can clearly see some of that flare in Aquaman including the inclusion of this song. Well, it’s at the very least memorable and even a little funny so I guess it worked. Granted, it was a little tonally off but hell, it’s still better than much of the dark brooding stuff we got from the DCEU.
Source: Business Insider