James Wan’s “Aquaman” is both ambitious and ridiculous, sometimes in the same scene, and its gonzo embracing of both epic adventure and a dash of cheese is being touted as one of its best features.
Still, even by its standards, one of the more eye-rolling moments is the use of Pitbull’s new track “Ocean to Ocean” which heavily samples Toto’s iconic “Africa” and heralds the arrival of the film’s two main characters on shore at one point as they go in search of the Trident of Atlan.
Speaking with Business Insider, Wan says it was a deliberate choice to lean into the ridiculous for that scene:
“[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. [It was] 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.”
Pitbull signed on early for the film which resulted in the song in question which has already been played over 2 million times in its first week on YouTube.
Wan isn’t embracing the silly for “The Conjuring 3” though. The first film of the main series he isn’t directing, Wan is still heavily involved and producing that feature and recently told Bloody Disgusting that the aim is to keep it as grounded as possible:
“It’s not necessarily based on an artifact but it’s based on one of the Warrens’ case files… It’s this guy who was on trial for committing a murder. I think it’s the first time in America’s history where the defendant used possessions as a reason, as an excuse.
All the Conjuring films are based on the case files, so they’re more based on the true story aspect of the real life Warrens. I think that’s important. It’s important that the mothership stays true to the inspiration of the real people. The spinoffs are where we get to have more fun and do weird and wonderful crazy things. The mothership of it being the Conjuring films, we want it to come back to the real stuff.”
“Aquaman” is now in cinemas worldwide. “The Conjuring 3” opens in 2020.