It seems like whenever a JJ apologist pleads his case, it seems to run along these populist lines, that mainstream audiences don't care for any of the qualities most film buffs feel good quality movies should possess. It need only provide cheap thrills. And if you begin to talk about these important qualities, then you're accused of being an elitist out-of-touch film-snob.
Sorry, man, but good films are good films. The fact that lots of people like empty-calories for movies doesn't change that.
For some reason, some people seem to think that slavish adherence to a byzantine and arbitrary continuity has anything to do with the quality of movies. They are wrong.