That FMV stuff looks pretty cheesy in spots, but I'm actually kind of into it. It just makes me wonder how many of those could they realistically have? And how the transitions into the band disapproving of you actually works. It seems seamless here, but of course it would.
I went with a Godlike Death Wizard. It just sounded too cool. I'm rolling with the elf mage and the fighter you find in the first city. I had some difficulty in the first dungeon (the one with the priests), but I eventually settled on my awesome tactic of put the fighter in the doorway and have the two mages blast everything in front of him to hell and back. It worked pretty well.
I also love how the recruiting works in this game. After the first dungeon, I went in an made me a barbarian just to have more meat between the monsters and the casters.